The 61st IWC was opened in Portugal in June, but Koreans were afraid that S.Korean representatives(Ulsan) were in favor of commercial whaling after Japanese. Though Korean NGOs including KFEM proposed that representatives should include people from protection side, MAF(Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) declined and made whaling minority report to the world society. In fact, most of the Koreans(63.5%) agree that whales and other endangered species(i.e. bluepin tuna) should be preserved because they need our guardianship. Do you still think we need whaling for food like Japanese?
KFEM members are campaigning in front of the Japanese Embassy(Seoul, S.Korea), protesting whaling by Japanese government and its colleague, Korean government. (June 23. 2009) / Photos by 환경연합 바다위원회 KFEM Ocean Committee
You may see more SOS(Save Our Sea) projects from Greenpeace and KFEM Ocean Committee(Korean). And you may also download the full document of whale survey-2009 at KFEM or CIES web in Korean.