05 Jul '12, 7pm

South Korea is considering hunting whales again. For, you know, 'science.'

South Korea is considering hunting whales again. For, you know, 'science.'

South Korea is considering hunting whales in the waters off its shores for what it says are scientific purposes, drawing criticism from environmental groups and countries around the Pacific Rim. Citing calls from fishermen for a resumption of limited whaling, the head of the South Korean delegation to the International Whaling Commission, Kang Joon-suk, said Wednesday that Seoul was working on a proposal to hunt minke whales migrating off the Korean Peninsula. As everyone knows, some of the world’s greatest scientists are first-and-foremost fishermen: J. Craig Venter, James Cameron, the Gorton’s guy . The tastiest / most scientifically pertinent part. (Photo by kohane .) The “we’re doing it for science” argument is one that Japan has used for years. As of yet, there have been very few peer-reviewed studies about the whales that they catch. One scientific topic that South K...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/south-korea-may-start-hunting-whale...

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