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Sea Sheperd Conservation Society

A federal judge in Seattle Thursday refused a request for protection made by Japanese whalers. The whalers were hoping to put a stop to almost daily harassment by an aggressive anti-whaling group based in western Washington.

U.S. federal district court judge Richard Jones did not give a reason for denying the request for a preliminary injunction. It would have prevented the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from interfering with the Japanese whaling fleet.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society / AP

A federal court hearing is scheduled for today in Seattle on a lawsuit filed by Japanese whale hunters against the Friday Harbor, Wash., based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.