South Korea Halts Research Whaling Plan

By Brook Bolen, Ecorazzi

Despite earlier†claims to the contrary, South Korea will not hunt whales for scientific research.

Although the announcement has not yet been made formally, an unidentified official from the presidential Blue House said the president and prime minister made the determination at a meeting Tuesday.

The prime ministerís office acknowledged that they were aware and mindful of the rampant criticism that resulted from their announcement earlier this month that South Korea would allow research†whaling. Environmentalists and non-whaling nations protested the announcement, and critics suspected the plan was a cover for commercial whaling.

Before the international moratorium against commercial whaling was introduced in 1986, South Korea had a long history of whaling. Whaling for the purposes of scientific research is the banís sole exception.

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Miranda Parkinson

Lets hope the "halt" is permanent! Good news though!

Sarah W.
Sarah H5 years ago

Great news for Whales and good news for me -love flying Korean Air!!!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

It would be better to study whales in their natural habitat anyway.

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago

wonderful news.

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

Recently, I read that the Japanese consumers have turned away from buying or consuming whale meat. International opposition has made it way through to them, but not to Japan's government. The carnage of several species of whales continues unabated.

I wonder what the impact of the film "The Cove" made on Japanese people. The film mentioned that they are unaware of the annual dolphin slaughter. However, they can't be unaware, because the large fish-markets sell and supply both whale and dolphin meat. The dolphin and tuna both have unhealthily high levels of mercury, very detrimental to health.

I believe Norway also has a similar annual dolphin slaughter, but it hasn't been in the media. There the town's population stands around egging them on !

Joan Mcallister
5 years ago

Yes this is good news, but we do have to keep a close eye on them, after all "Halt" does not mean "Stop", they may just reverse this decision very quietly and go ahead with the research, we have seen it happen before.

Dianne D.
Dianne D5 years ago

I'd like this to read 'stops' rather than halt. Hope the world does the same.

Onoosh G.
Onoosh G5 years ago

Congratulations to the South Korean government on their decision. Whaling in any form is an activity whose time passed long ago. Protection of whales, as well as dolphins, seals, sea lions, and--in general--all the fast-disppearing creatures of the sea, should be an international priority.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago


Shin Takahashi
Shin Takahashi5 years ago

Good news though let's wait and see for a while.However, thanks for this announcement.