Reason intervenes in South Korea’s plan to resume scientific whaling

Minke whaleSouth Korea has seen reason and announced it will not be starting a program of scientific whaling.

During the most recent International Whaling Commision (IWC) meeting, the country had made a surprise plan to start hunting minke whales in its waters for ‘scientific purposes’.  The ‘scientific whaling’ loophole is a contentious one, and the announcement sparked a global backlash.

As a result, the somewhat unpopular government held several meetings with its ministers, in which blame was laid on the Fisheries Ministry for pushing ahead with the plan without first seeking a consensus.  President Lee Myung-bak also came under fire.

Thankfully, pressure from home and overseas brought the government to its senses.  A not-so-quiet word in the ear from abroad and a bit of political wrangling and: voila!  Now if only it was so easy to overturn Japan’s scientific whaling program…

Read more on the story here:  theaustralian.com.au / theage.com.au

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One thought on “Reason intervenes in South Korea’s plan to resume scientific whaling

  1. slowborg says:

    Oh I’m so glad to hear this!!! One down…

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