Japan intends to continue Antarctic whale hunt: Sea Shepherd

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says Japan has filed court briefs in the United States indicating it intends to return to hunting whales in Antarctic waters next year.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last month that Japan's whaling program was not conducted for scientific research purposes, in a case brought by Australia.

In documents filed with the US District Court in Seattle on Friday, Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research says it will return to the Southern Ocean in 2015-16 with a newly designed research program.

Sea Shepherd says Japan will also seek a permanent injunction against Sea Shepherd USA and other Sea Shepherd entities, adding that it is a blatant attempt to defy the international court ruling.

Japan's whalers won an injunction against Sea Shepherd USA in 2012.

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