Target: International Whaling Commission
Goal: Don’t allow South Korea to hunt whales for scientific purposes
Recently, South Korea has proposed a plan that would legally allow them to hunt whales for ‘scientific purposes,’ making them the fourth nation to do so. One of the reasons the country claims it should be able to hunt whales is for the benefit of the coastal fish stocks which are supposedly being depleted by whales, despite the lack of evidence for this. South Korea also claims that it should be allowed to hunt whales because several other countries currently do; however, allowing another country to participate in this practice would only be a step in the wrong direction.
Many opposed to allowing South Korea to hunt these whales argue that research can be carried out in non-lethal ways. The country can study the types and amounts of fish being eaten in the bodies of already dead whales, which wash up on shore regularly.
There is no need to allow another nation to be able to hunt without harsh regulations. South Korea currently sells and serves whale meat from whales that ‘accidentally’ get caught in fishing nets. This raises suspicion that Koreans will attempt to conduct commercial whaling under the disguise of the planned scientific research.
If South Korea’s plans are accepted, it will only encourage other nations like Denmark, which also wishes to hunt whales for various purposes. Don’t let another country target one of the world’s precious species and kill them without reason. Sign this petition to voice your opposition to whaling.
Dear International Whaling Commission,
I urge you to stop South Korea from being allowed to hunt whales for scientific purposes. While it is important to understand other species and their eating habits, it does not seem fair to target and kill whales because they are depleting fish stocks. In fact, some have argued that there is absolutely no evidence for this.
Nevertheless, it will be very hard to regulate which whales are truly being used for research and which are being sought out for their meat. This research based hunting may just be a disguise for commercial whaling. There are non-lethal research means that could be used without the need to kill the animals.
Please oppose South Korea’s plan to begin hunting whales. It will only encourage other nations to do the same and normalize this practice.
[Your Name Here]