South Korean Government changes stance on whaling

SOUTH Korea will ditch its lethal so-called "scientific" whaling program.

International Whaling Commission executive secretary Simon Brockington said the Korean Government had changed its position and would, instead, undertake research using non-lethal methods.

Mr Brockington said, in a circular communication issued this week, that the republic's initial plan in 2012 had been to conduct whaling for scientific research on minke whales off the Korean peninsula.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said he was pleased South Korea had carefully considered its approach.

"The oceans can only be properly cared for if every nation plays its part,'' Mr Burke said.

"This decision shows that Korea is willing to be a responsible custodian of the oceans and is willing to respect the moratorium on commercial whaling.

"It contains some very strong lessons and messages for Japan.

"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."

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said Australia was known for its firm position on whaling and there was "no reason to kill whales in the name of science".

"That's why we are taking action in the International Court of Justice to stop so called 'scientific' whaling once and for all," she said.

The International Court of Justice will soon set the case down for oral hearing in The Hague, likely in the latter half of 2013.

Topics:  south korea, whaling




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Longing to Retire at... $309,000
Unit 3 1 1
Finish me off please! Auction 16/8...
House 4 1
HOUSE OF... $249,000
House 3 1 1
PRICE SLASHED!!! just $359,000...
House 3 1 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Ipswich jobs listed daily


Featured Jobs
FULL TIME WEB... Fortitude Valley Full Time 75,000 - 90,000
GENERAL MANAGER ... Gladstone Full Time $120 - $150
SHORT ORDER COOK Walloon Casual


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Free Seed Packets

with token from today's paper
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Virgo

Sometimes a situation is not fair, and you will be irritated by the fact that you are not able to bring justice to the table. The best you can...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save