South 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…