A day to celebrate – South Korea abandons ‘scientific’ whaling plan
Posted on 05/12/2012
Eurogroup for Animals is pleased that South Korea has today confirmed that it has formally dropped its plan to resume "scientific" whaling in its waters.
South Korea shocked the world earlier this year when it announced at the International Whaling Commission’s meeting in Panama that it would resume its scientific whaling programme despite having stopped it when the 1982 moratorium came into effect.
Scientific whaling has a poor reputation since it is considered as a mechanism to conduct whaling for commercial purposes despite the moratorium. Concretely, this would allow a country to set it owns catch limits that do not need to be sustainable or take any conservation implication into account.