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Originally Posted: November 13, 2012

Stop South Korea from killing whales before it's too late



Tell the Prime Minister of South Korea that there is no place for the needless slaughter of whales in the 21st century and to block his country’s plans to establish a ‘scientific’ whaling program.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

whale whaling South Korea GreenpeaceAnd/or better yet, make direct contact:

Embassy: The Republic of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
phone (202) 939-5600
fax (202) 797-0595


On December 3, the South Korean government will consider a proposal to establish its own ‘scientific’ whaling program. The first harpoons could be fired in less than six months. It’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Backed by what remains of its old whaling industry and countries like Japan, South Korea’s fisheries ministry is pushing hard to resume whaling. But this is the Prime Minister’s decision and government sources have indicated that “other issues” will be considered. That means political pressure.

Last summer, when South Korea announced to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that it would begin 'scientific' whaling, there was an uproar around the world with governments voicing concern and thousands of articles appearing in the press. This is because 'scientific' whaling, which never produces data needed for management of whales, is widely seen as a fraud and an excuse to prolong the dying industry of commercial whaling.

Thousands of scientists from all over the world study whales without killing them. I urge you to follow their example and cancel plans for this program which will blacken the reputation of Korea's scientists. I call on you to publicly confirm that Korea will not make a proposal for 'scientific' whaling to the IWC and officially announce that Korea will drop the scientific whaling plan completely. It is my understanding that most Koreans don't even eat whale meat. Pursuing whaling will only damage Korea's reputation.

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