Japan issues warrants against animal activists, news agency says

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It seems that a controversial animal rights group that L.A. Unleashed told you about in late March is now in trouble with Japanese authorities.

Japanese police obtained arrest warrants against three activists from the U.S.-based animal rights group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on allegations that they attacked Japanese whaling ships last year, the Kyodo News agency said. The group had been featured on an Animal Planet show this year.

Tokyo District Court approved the arrest warrants, the news agency said. Neither the court nor the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the report.

The aim of the warrants was to place the two Americans, ages 41 and 30, and a 28-year-old Briton on an international wanted list, Kyodo said. The names of the three activists have not been released.


-- Francisco Vara-Orta