South Korea’s plans to resume whaling for so-called ‘scientific research’ have been scrapped. The hunts for minke whales in its coastal waters were revealed in a shocking announcement at the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Panama in early July.
South Korea planned to get around the global ban on commercial whaling by using a loophole in IWC rules that allows countries to issue their own scientific permits to kill unlimited numbers of whales.
However, following global pressure, WDCS is delighted to report that South Korea appears to have reversed its decision.
South Korean President Lee chaired a meeting this week to deal with the issue in which it appears that the fisheries ministry was criticised for announcing the resumption of whaling without discussing the matter with other ministries or the Prime Minister’s Office.
For an overview of all the matters that arose at the recent IWC meeting in Panama click HERE