Sunday 09 December 2012

South Korea now might not commence scientific whaling

There are at last positive signs that South Korea might officially announce that it will not proceed with scientific permit whaling. (See News article 7 July 2012.)

The South Korean opposition has continually opposed the ruling party's plan to consider scientific whaling since it was announced at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Panama in the first week of July 2012. It now appears from media reports in Korea that the Government, facing an upcoming election, will decide against engaging in the controversial lethal “research” method.

This development follows months of lobbying by various conservation organisations including the AWCS and by the governments of Australia and other non-whaling nations.

One week after the shock announcement at the IWC, there was a false sense of relief in some quarters after reports that the Korean Foreign Affairs Minister had informally advised his Australian counterpart at the East Asia Summit that plans for scientific whaling were being “reconsidered”.

The AWCS approached the South Korean government for confirmation but when none was forthcoming, an online petition was set up.

Now, thanks to sustained international pressure, an official decision and announcement is anticipated. We are not celebrating yet, but there is cause for optimism.

We would like to thank all those who have signed the AWCS on-line petition and we encourage others to add their names and help maintain the momentum.


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