In collaboration with the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) and Hotpink Dolphins, we held a press conference in front of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea on April 4th 2017 to protest and denounce their annual slaughter of Minke whales.
We read a statement, spoke freely to the press, and passed an official letter of protest to an embassy official.
Norway is one of the few countries in the world that continues to hunt whales, claiming that it is a tradition that needs to be protected, and objecting to the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 moratorium on commercial whale hunting.
This year, the kill quota has been raised from 880 animals to 999. The whalers often target pregnant females, as they tend to be bigger.
However, the eating of whale meat is declining in Norway, and so few people now eat it that it is being used to feed animals in Norway’s fur farms. They also export the whale meat to countries such as Japan.
Cetaceans such as whales and dolphins are part of the fragile marine ecosystem; an ecosystem that we know so little about that removing or depleting one species could have unpredictable consequences for the survival of other species, including ours.
Unfortunately, South Korea is one of the countries that hunts whales consumption, so we must raise our voices here and abroad to bring an end to this anachronistic and unnecessary tradition.
We demand that Norway immediately stop the cruel slaughter of Minke whales.