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A Japanese whale research organization said Wednesday it has appealed a U.S. federal court decision in March rejecting its demand for an injunction to stop the U.S. group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from disrupting Japanese whaling operations.

The Institute of Cetacean Research, which has been conducting so-called research whaling in the Antarctic, said it and Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd., which is commissioned to run the government’s whaling fleet and owns the vessels, are taking legal action not to assert the legality of whaling itself but to “ensure safety at sea.”

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