In 1986 the IWC (International Whaling Commission) banned commercial whaling but allowed that member states to still catch whales for scientific research, a loophole that Japan has exploited to continue whaling in the southern ocean.
Last year, at the meeting of the IWC in Panama, Korea had announced its intentions to begin whaling in its own coastal waters due to a rise in Whale numbers that they said would threaten squid and fish stocks.
As reported by the Guardian, following an online petition that gathered more than 1,000,000 protest emails and criticism from anti-whaling nations, Korea decided to abandon its plans and instead use "non-lethal" techniques to study whales.
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