South Korea Formally Cancels Plans to Resume Whaling

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South Korea's hotly protested on-again, off-again plans to start "scientific" whaling, have formally been canceled, The Australian reports.

A loophole in the global ban on commercial whaling allows nations to kill a certain quota of whales each year for scientific research. This exemption is what Japan exploits to justify its annual whale hunt—even though investigations have revealed that at least part of the hunt ends up being commercially sold—and is how South Korea justified its now canceled plans to restart whaling.

In discussing the decision, a South Korean fisheries official has said that it has decided to "carry out 'no-kill' research" and as such has not filed the required papers with the International Whaling Commission that would have permitted the hunt.

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