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Currently, it’s legal to catch dolphins and whales for use in entertainment or in research, if approved by the authorities. Unlawful capture is punishable by a jail term of up to two years or a fine of up to $5 million.
The revised law would only authorize the seizure of the animals for “research”—which doesn’t sound entirely comforting. The new law would also increase penalties to up to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to $20 million.
While dolphins are widely used for shows in South Korea, Seoul’s main zoo agreed to suspend its popular show when animal rights activists protested that one of the dolphins had been captured illegally.
What do you think of Korea’s decision?
Jocelyn Heaney is an English instructor, animal activist and freelance writer for L.A. Review of Books and Warner Bros. Pictures, among others. Her favorite animals are great white sharks, horses and all cats. She is currently at work on a memoir. Email Jocelyn | @JocelynHeaney