South Korea Decides to Begin Whaling

Published on July 9th, 2012 | by

Humpback whale and baby

South Korea announced it would begin whaling under the same loophole that allows Japan to continue whaling.

Despite the moratorium on commercial whaling that was declared in 1986, three countries still hunt whales.  Iceland and Norway continue commercial whaling in open defiance of the moratorium.  Japan, however, uses a loophole that allows lethal methods of scientific study and the subsequent sale of the meat for human food.

At the meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama, South Korea announced it would also begin scientific study of whales using lethal methods.  The United States, along with Australia and New Zealand, hope to convince their ally South Korea not to hunt whales.

US to raise whaling with South Korea (via AFP)

The United States said Thursday it was “extremely concerned” by South Korea’s announcement it will kill whales and joined Australia and New Zealand in plans to raise the issue with the US ally. South Korea on Wednesday told a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama that it planned…

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