Just yesterday, we reported on Korea's decision to begin hunting whales for research purposes. At least this is what they claim.
Apparently, neither other nations present at the International Whaling Commission nor the environmental group known as Sea Shepherd actually believe what Korea's representatives are saying.
Therefore, the latest pieces of news on this topic indicate that said anti-whaling organization intends to dispatch its fleet to South Korea's coastal waters as soon as possible, their goal being to safeguard the marine mammals living here.
As The Australian
reports, Ian Campbell, one of the Sea Shepherd's leaders, told the press that: “We are going to have to find enough ships and enough money to head up to South Korea.”
Apparently, Ian Campbell also argued that his organization had no choice but to interfere in this issue because the Australian government, which was supposed to protect the marine wildlife in this part of the world, did nothing to own up to its responsibilities.
His exact words were: “This government, sadly for the whales of the world, effectively pulled up a white flag and entered a truce with the Japanese back in about 2008 when they decided not to have any more votes st the International Whaling Commission.”
As you probably can infer from Ian Campbell's statement, South Korea does nothing but follow in Japan's footsteps, seeing how the latter was successful in by-passing the laws that condemn whale hunting.
For those unaware, Japan is also quite fond of researching whales and therefore kills representatives of this species relatively often.
However, since all of their whaling activities are supposedly part of a scientific program, it is impossible to hold them legally responsible.
From where we stand, we can only hope that the Sea Shepherd will be successful in its mission and that both South Korea and Japan will soon give up on their whale “research” projects.