IFAW urges South Korea to abandon plans to Whaling

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW) urged South Korea to abandon plans for the extraction of whales for scientific purposes, said the environmental organization.

Representatives of South Korea at the 64th session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which is currently taking place in Panama, expressed the need to advance scientific knowledge of whales, and expressed the intention to start production of these marine mammals in their banks for research purposes. South Korean fishing whaling stopped in 1986 after the IWC moratorium.

"This is a surprise announcement … More recently the country has taken important steps against illegal mining whale. If this plan is implemented, it will lead to the fact that the whale population is decreasing aimlessly destroyed at a time when the whales are already facing unprecedented threats. We strongly encourage Korea to abandon this plan, "- said the head of a global program for the protection of whales IFAW Ramadzh Patrick (Patrick Ramage), quoted in the report.

Earlier in the same session of the ICC member countries failed to agree on a Whale Sanctuary in the South Atlantic: two voices lacked defenders of whales for a positive solution.

Basic contradictions in the ICC exist between countries such traditional whaling, Japan, Norway and Iceland and the countries that are trying to ban whaling even for scientific purposes. The active members of the second block are the Latin American countries and the EU.

The International Whaling Commission (International Whaling Commission — IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in 1946 in Washington. The main purpose of the Convention is to ensure the proper conservation of whale populations in order to make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. At present, the ICC comprises 89 countries, including Russia.

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