A whale of a time: South Korea implement whaling plans.

Yesterday saw Korea’s official announcement on its endeavour to seek its continuance of whaling in its waters, as a method in their current “scientific research” projects. Previously, the killing of the endangered species line was condemned and made illegal, through Australia’s involvement in the International Criminal Court in 1982, and saw Japan’s whaling procedures ceased.

However, an ambiguous error in the new law meant Japanese and Korean whalers could continue its operations, on the means of scientific research. Now, South Korea is claiming that their involvement in more whaling in 2013, is necessary to adhere to and succeed in further scientific revelations. The current procedures on this circumstance has seen the killing of whales for minor research experiments, with the meat then being sold for consumption to the human population.

South Korea announces its future plans to continue whaling.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Bob Carr, and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, are demanding that South Korea reconsider their plans, stating it would be “taking a giant step backward” if whaling was again employed.

The instruction from Australian and New Zealand leaders is yet to be put forth to the South Korean government, but the ceasing of commercial and scientific research related whaling could mean a several year wait for any end result to be agreed upon.

The Korean government has assured leaders and officials that their involvement in future whaling is only of interest since the minke whale population had increased, and has become a “nuisance” in the ocean’s food chain. Though the minke abundance has become more stable, Gillard has stated that there is “no excuse for scientific whaling”.

If 2013 does see the introduction of renewed operations in whaling for South Korea, Australian environmental groups will be unable to campaign or take action toward the operations, with the waters being out of legal reach.

Bob Carr will meet with the Korean minister to discuss the matter next week.

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6 Comments on “A whale of a time: South Korea implement whaling plans.”

  1. Amfortas
    July 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    For every whale harpooned, a million sardines thank Posiedon.

    How come there is a hue and cry about whales but not Salmon or Sardines? Why is there no “save the Squid” campaign? Why are Shrimps so easily overlooked when murdered by the billion? How come Dolphins have been accorded saintly status but not Tuna?

    • July 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      Is it because there are a million times fewer whales than sardines/salmon? Fishing something in abundance is fine but I think something like 54% of whale species are endangered (not verified). Can someone manage to pull up some reliable stats?

      • Amfortas
        July 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

        So a billion sardine’s families weep for the loss of loved ones and it doesn’t matter ‘cuz they are abundant? For shame, Andrew. No heart. No wonder sea levels are rising. Sacred whales pee and sardine tears.

        • July 10, 2012 at 12:18 am #

          đŸ˜‰ I totally didn’t get your troll-ness the first time. For shame me indeed

  2. July 13, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    it looks like the South Koreans are backing down… Bob Carr is claiming victory for the Labor Party for it lol. Now onto the Japanese….

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