The Japanese whaling fleet sails across the Arctic Ocean, hunting whales. Whaling has been an issue dating back from 1963 when the Soviet Union was hunting the Gray Whale stock; but whaling has been in society for many centuries and have developed a culture. Critics may argue that if whaling is stopped, the whaling countries’ cultures would be destroyed. However, there should be regulations for the Japanese to only be able to hunt a small amount of whales until threatened species are able to replenish. As Japanese non-regulated whaling fuels whale stocks decline , and the Japanese’s claim of “hunting for research” is completely false and deceived the public.
The meat from endangered species cannot be sold legally or served in the United States. The whale meat is sold as a delicacy. It is more than likely that this is the real reason for whale hunting. Could you imagine going to your favorite restaurant and finding out you are being served an endangered species such as whale meat? The way Japanese whalers kill whales is ... ... middle of paper ... ...should do everything we can to ensure their future generations will be able to enjoy these fantastic creatures.
Since the dawn of civilization, humans ruled earth, taking what they pleased without worrying about the consequences. Modern society has evolved to understand the fundamental flaw in consuming the world’s resources with abandon. As with the hunting of many other species, whaling was an unregulated activity. However, in 1986, the world community shifted its stance on whaling and passed international legislation banning commercial whaling. Dangerously close to being snuffed out, the whales have begun to claw their way back from extinction.
For many years, many countries have been killing whales calling it “research”. There are those who believe that commercial whaling is not acceptable and is detrimental to the population of whales. The international community has to make the choice, is research more important than whales? Perhaps we should continue killing the whales, with certain strict guidelines such as enforced quotas. It is a tradition in some cultures and we should not interfere with some traditional practices.
The Makahs feel that if the U.S does not allow them to hunt then the U.S. will have broken a treaty that to them, is as important as our constitution. The anti-whaling organization, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, agrees that the Makahs have a valid treaty with the U.S yet still feels that the U.S should rule against the Makahs and their desire to hunt. They realize that this would breech a valid contract... ... middle of paper ... ... further pain to the whale then necessary. They have a respect for the whale and what the whale does for them. They should be allowed to continue in their hunting of the whale.
Japan objected to this moratorium and continued whaling. In 2009, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party lost after 50 years in power to the Democratic Party of Japan. While environmentalists hoped that this would cause a change in Japan’s attitude toward whaling, the new government said that whaling would continue to receive support as a matter of policy. Japan has continued whale hunting despite numerous calls to stop doing so. If I were to investigate this issue, I would speak to Japanese officials regarding their reasons to continue whaling.
The countries that still whale have certain reasons for doing it like Japan does it for the cultural reasons like the fact that they have been doing since the 12th century so they will not stop soon for that reason. The real truth about the old tradition in Japan about whaling “ There were a few isolated Japanese villages that had killed whales in the past, but Japan as a whole demonstrated very little interest in whaling un... ... middle of paper ... ...Oct. 2013. . "After the ban, whaling continues." WSPA. World Society for the Protection of Animals, 27 June N.D.
Finally the law needs to be changed to better protect the whales and dolphins. To conclude Japan’s whaling should be abolished before it bring harm to our earth. Japan has a very cruel method to kill the whales. Whaling has been illegal since 1986 but japan gets around the law by saying that are killing for research. According to research the catch limit is five times over a safe limit an example (kurtenbach).
The IWC called for a “pause” referd to as moratorium on whaling in 1986 (WWF, N.d). Whaling is not practiced everywhere. Whaling is an act that is most common in places like Japan, Iceland, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands. The WWF is against commercial whaling, but there is an allowed amount of whales that a country can kill if it is for scientific research. Japan and Iceland are the only two countries that hunt whales for this reasoning; Japan having done so since 1987 (WWF, N.d).
Thus the problem lies in the question as to whether the Makah people should legally be allowed to whale with the answer being a resounding no. There many issues domestic and international issues with the continuation of the Makah people whaling with the most important being: other previously whaling states seeing the United States ‘pardon’ cultural whaling and failing to see the importance of the global whaling moratorium in effect, the possible discovery of a small population of rare resident whales in the area, and the immorality of slaughtering a highly sentient being. The Makah’s seemingly domestic issue of whaling has and is taking on a larger international problem. The United States plays a large part in policing the hunting of whales, one of the most recent examples being the U.S.’s ... ... middle of paper ... ...imits. IWC, n.d.