South Korea may abandon research whaling plan
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 3:05p.m.
South Korea says it may scrap research whaling plans that have been widely criticised.
Fisheries official Kang Joon-suk said this week that Seoul may drop the plans if it finds ways to study whales without killing them.
The government said last week that it would allow the killing of whales for research because fishermen were complaining that whales were eating large amounts of fish.
The announcement drew protests from non-whaling nations and environmentalists who suspected the plan was a cover for commercial whaling.
Kang wouldn't describe how South Korea might conduct research without whaling. Australia uses sonar and satellite devices to track whales. The environmental group Greenpeace recommends analysis of faeces to study whale diets.
South Korea had a long tradition of whaling before an international moratorium was introduced in 1986.
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12/07/2012 4:51:14 p.m.
South Korea would be wise to abandon this shocking plan before the world starts to suspect they are not sincere about the environment in general. This has been a major embarrassment for the proud South Korean nation and they would never escape the shame of becoming a whaling nation.
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