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South Korea Will Not Pursue Scientific Whaling Program

A whale breaks the surface of the ocean. Image: International Whaling Commission.
A whale breaks the surface of the ocean. Image: International Whaling Commission.

The Republic of Korea has announced that it will not go ahead with a lethal scientific whaling program. The policy decision was announced in a circular released by the International Whaling Commission.

Australia has hailed the decision and extended its support: “Australia is more than happy to share our techniques and approaches to non-lethal cetacean research to help Korea answer their key management and conservation priorities”, said the Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke in response to the news.

A case against commercial whaling for scientific research will be heard in the Hague in the latter half of 2013. Australia is one of the countries pursuing a complete moratorium on whaling through the International Court of Justice.

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