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Whale-Hunters Appeal for Clinton’s Help

January 9, 1993

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Norwegian whale-hunters are appealing to President-elect Clinton to stop a U.S. environmental group’s ″terrorist actions″ against them.

″We cannot believe that U.S. laws would allow a terrorist organization to have a base on American soil,″ whalers Jan Odin and Olav Olavsen said Friday about the Los Angeles-based group Sea Shepherd, in a letter to Clinton.

In the letter, delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, the Olavsens, who are brothers, asked Clinton to stop the activities of Sea Shepherd, which claimed credit for sabotaging the brothers’ 71-foot whaling ship Nybraena last month.

Norway angered environmentalists in May when it announced it would resume commercial whale hunting this year in defiance of a 1986 global ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission.

Paul Watson, leader of Sea Shepherd, said this week that his group is planning more actions because ″Norway is the outlaw.″

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