Thursday 10 January 2013

South Korean decision - no scientific whaling

It's official.

On 4 January the Republic of Korea (South Korea) Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) wrote to the IWC Executive Secretary to advise that his government has changed its position on plans to conduct scientific whaling and will now use only non-lethal research methods.

Six months earlier, on 4 July 2012 at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), South Korea announced that it was “currently considering conducting whaling for scientific research”. (See News items on 14/07/12 and 09/12/12)

Scientific permit whaling is a loophole in the IWC rules, currently exploited by Japan and Iceland, that allows a country to issue quotas to its whaling fleet in the form of permits to kill whales for “research”. In reality this is being used as a means of conducting commercial whaling during a global moratorium.

Following six months of lobbying by conservation organisations and by anti-whaling governments like Australia, the South Korean Government has officially announced that scientific whaling will not proceed.

The AWCS sincerely thanks all those who signed the online petition and helped to achieve this result. 


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