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South Korean whaling back-down 'encouraging'

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Rachel Siewert 12 Jul 2012

The Australian Greens said today it was encouraging to hear that South Korea is reconsidering its decision on so-called scientific whaling.

Greens spokesperson on whaling, Senator Rachel Siewert has urged the Federal Government to offer to share scientific research and understanding to South Korea.

"Reports are now suggesting that South Korea may consider alternatives to lethal whale research, which is a promising sign," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"We have a great national skill-set when it comes to marine research and if we can pass that knowledge on, then this could be an important part of ensuring South Korea doesn't undertake  a brutal and unnecessary whale hunt.

"It is unacceptable for nations to be able to use the veil of 'scientific whaling' to hide industries trading in whale meat, and by engaging with South Korea, we can help avoid that outcome,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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