U.S. objects to South Korean whaling plan

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- The United States says it doesn't support a South Korean plan to restart whale hunting for purportedly scientific purposes.

South Korea made public its intention to revive whaling at the annual meeting this week of the International Whaling Commission in Panama.

Russell F. Smith, deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Thursday the U.S. didn't believe that killing whales is necessary for scientific research, and he added that the South Koreans wanted to hunt Minke whales, which are in danger of extinction.

A number of countries assert their right to carry out whaling for scientific purposes, although the whale meat and other products are often sold for food, leading environmental groups to label the research as a pretext for hunting. The whaling commission is charged with helping global whale populations recover from decades of hunting that pushed many species close to extinction, but it allows whales to be caught for scientific research.

Korean officials said that they wanted to study the whales' fish consumption because of fishing industry complaints that the growing whale population is reducing stocks of fish. Smith said South Korea could study whales that are accidentally caught in fishermen's nets, and additional hunting was unnecessary.

Smith said South Korea would present a formal proposal at next year's meeting.

Meanwhile, the International Whaling Commission rejected a request from Denmark for a whaling quota for indigenous groups in Greenland.

The commission voted 34-25 to reject the request for a quota of 1,300 whales over the next six years.

The Thursday vote by the commission comes two days after it approved the renewal of bowhead whale quotas for indigenous subsistence whaling in Alaska and Russia and for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. The six-year extension was approved at the IWC's annual meeting in Panama City.

July 06, 2012(Mainichi Japan)


Tony”Paul Watson doesn't blame South Korean go whaling at all.Noooooo.He blames Japanese.Why you evil Japanese put South Korea up to it!?”

What Paul Watson(the founder of Sea Shepherd) is saying
【ABCNews】Sea Shepherd condemns whaling plans  

Then again, this is the nation that still denies the Rape of Nanking, that still denies enslaving Korean and Chinese women as "comfort women," that still denies torturing POW's during the war, that still denies destroying the rainforests of Indonesia and over-fishing the world's oceans. Japanese history is a chronicle of deceptions.  
【Sea SheperdHP】Whales, Japanese Lies, and Videotapes 

There is no coutry insisting Japan enslaved Korean women as "comfort women" except North&South Korea. 
It is obvious that Sea Sheperd and South Korea has some relations.

'The Cove' Director Louie Psihoyos Spearheads Anti-Whaling Protest

This week in Korea, 'The Cove' director and dolphin watchdog Louie Psihoyos is speaking out for the whales as well. The Oscar-winning director staged an anti-whaling protest in front of the Japanese embassy in South Korea, Reuters reported.

"These animals are slaughtered in the most inhumane way imaginable, Psihoyos told Reuters. "And then they're cut up into pieces and, even though their meat's toxic, fed to schoolchildren."

While eating whale is not commonplace in Japan, many Japanese are indifferent to the fact that whale hunting is cruel, Reuters reported.Huffpost Green 2010.5.19 
Louie Psihoyos (in the middle)

congratulations the cove!!bySS
"The Cove" was made by some of Sea Sheperd members including Paul Watson.(third from the left)
By the way,he insists that he is vegan,do you believe it?

They are protesting Japanese whaling,but South Korea is also whaling country.


I suspect that one of Sea Shepherd sponsers is South Korea.
Sea Sheperd is not saving whales or dolphins or sea environment.
(They threw bottled butyric acid  to attack Japanese fishboat.They made mess of sea.)
They are just bashing Japan according to sponsers will,I think.

Also see → Whaling