A recent report unveiled that South Korea is aiming to track down whales so that research on the same can be explored to all in all at a different level. It was during this week that the Fisheries Ministry put forward their plan to the International Whaling Commission. The plan was proposed while a meeting of the International Whaling Commission [IWC] in Panama was going on.
However, it has not gone down well with all as they feel that killing whales to proceed for research is totally against ethics. "Legal whaling has been strictly banned and subject to strong punishments, though the 26 years have been painful and frustrating for the people who have been traditionally taking whales for food”, said the country's head envoy to the IWC, Kang Joon-Suk, while announcing that whale meat consumption in South Korea has been a long tradition.
Unlike Japan, which has gone at wrong foot with Australia, New Zealand and other countries when it sent a fleet to the Southern Ocean every winter for the purpose of killing whales, South Korea would aim to work in coastal waters.
With Australia opposing the plan, it would be interesting to see if South Korea gets the nod for instigating research in the same field.
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