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Sun Dec 22, 2013, 02:38 PM

Australia sends plane to monitor Japanese whaling

Source: BBC

22 December 2013 Last updated at 13:16 GMT

Australia sends plane to monitor Japanese whaling

By Michael Bristow
BBC News

Australia says it will send a surveillance plane to the Southern Ocean to monitor Japanese whaling ships.

The government hopes the aircraft will help prevent conflict between the whalers and environmentalists.

But a campaign group says officials should be sending ships to stop - not monitor - the annual whale catch.

The International Court of Justice is due to rule next year on an Australian claim that Japanese whaling is illegal.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25485221

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