You may remember a few weeks ago South Korea announced that they wished to begin a "scientific" whaling operation similar to that of Japan. We said at the time:
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.
Well the good news is that in a follow-up the Korean government held a press conference in which fisheries official Kang Joon-suk announced they would reconsider the plan for "scientific" whaling and consult with environmental NGOs, local communities, and experts on non-lethal methods.
And now we're urging the Korean government to officially and publicly abandon their plans to start a scientific whaling program. The pressure on South Korea to do so from governments around the world is welcomed by Greenpeace and we hope will result in an official declaration of an end to the Korean government plans.
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.