Minke Whale

South Korea has announced that they wish to begin a "scientific" whaling operation similar to that of Japan.

Their claim that the minke whale population in the north Pacific has recovered and needs to be hunted is completely bogus. Blaming whales for declining fish populations is like blaming woodpeckers for deforestation. Whales do not cause declines in fishing stocks – overfishing and mismanagement by humans do.

It has been proven time and time again that we don't need to kill whales to study them. Only those interested in commercialising whaling are interested in lethal research, and this proposal by South Korea clearly has the fingerprints of Japan’s dying whaling industries on it.

Anti-whaling states cannot allow the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to continue a backslide toward becoming a body that legitimises whaling instead of protecting whales. The Korean government must abandon these plans to resume the absurd practice of commercial whaling.

Greenpeace campaigner Jeonghee Han from the South Korea office also appeared on CNN to discuss this announcement.

Image (cc) Martin Cathrae