South Korea Ditches Whaling Plans
Outcry prompts shift to non-lethal study
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2012 5:30 PM CST
A killer whale is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Graeme Ellis)

(Newser) – South Korea has backed off its plan to resume lethal Japanese-style "scientific" whaling expeditions in its coastal waters, in the face of an international outcry, the Guardian reports. Instead, it will use non-lethal methods to study the massive mammals. The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, but Japan has gotten around the restriction through a loophole allowing whales to be hunted for scientific research—and then sold for meat once research is completed.

An official from South Korea's fishing ministry said the department decided to switch to non-lethal methods "after gathering opinions from various sides." The plan had drawn a chorus of condemnation, including a petition that garnered more than a million responses in three weeks. "The world does not support commercial whaling, even when it is disguised as scientific research," a Greenpeace activist said.

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Dec 7, 2012 2:58 AM CST
Will be very happy if this is true, but I seem to remember Japan trying a similar tactic previously. Said they weren't going to hunt, but they did, they were just trying to throw the activists off their trail. Hope it's legit and Japan comes to their senses soon.
Dec 6, 2012 11:28 PM CST
Obama threats to bomb to payback eco-vote?
Dec 6, 2012 9:22 PM CST
SouthKorea, i applaud you! :-) A good decision. They are SO opposite of NorthKorea. Read here: The list of the most corrupt countries on Earth!