Japan’s has been hunting whales illicitly for many years. They get away with this because very few countries are willing to stand up to them. Also the methods japan use to kill the whales are inhumane. The environmental impact is another reason that the whaling should be banned. Finally the law needs to be changed to better protect the whales and dolphins.
By the late 1930s, more than 50,000 whales were killed annually. In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling in order to increase the number of whales. Contemporary whaling is subject to intense debate. Pro-whaling countries wish to lift the ban on certain whale stocks for hunting. Anti-whaling countries and environmental groups oppose lifting the ban.
Every day human pollution such as “boat paint that runs into the ocean”, Chemicals that help grow food that run into the ocean, and global warming harms the health of whales every day. Whales are hunted for many reason, but in Japan they are mostly hunted because they are “considered a delicacy in Japan” (“Why Are Whales Endangered”2). Whales actually take up aro... ... middle of paper ... ...es other than to lash out and attack human beings like the have before. It seems that the humans are the blessed ones that treat a good majority of God’s creation terribly, whales being just one of the many. It is easy for the humans to hide the terrible ways that these whales are being treated from the rest of society, but if society does not see what is going on and speak up for the whales, then future generations might not even know what a whale is.
.two-tenths of one percent of the initial population size" (www.seaweb.org), the fin whale was targeted, then the sei whale, then the minke and humpback. All were hunted down to a fraction of the original populations. In 1982, the IWC passed an indefinite moratorium on all whale hunting, putting an end to almost all commercial whaling, which, at its peak, meant the death of more than 50,000 whales a year. Some species have responded to this protection with increased numbers, and some have not.
Whaling is considered an art in some countries and still practiced today. But some countries view whaling as a negative. Many anti-whaling groups strive to stop them. They risk their own lives every single day just for the lives of these whales. Whaling has its advantages and disadvantages, but it is an undergoing problem we still live with and focus on today.
Norwegian Whaling Modern commercial whaling is continuously being over-exploited as whaling companies strive to maximize their profits despite international protest and a ban by the International Commission. Many various species of whales have been extinct, and the relatively few whales that remain are extremely vulnerable, and the factors that led to their over-exploitation in the past have not changed. Norway, one of the several countries involved in illegal whaling, has again refused to accept the international moratorium on whaling and has announced that its catch quotas for whales have risen. In 1995 Norwegian whales caught 217 whales out of a quota of 232. In 1996 the quota was 425.
Then the new questions appear: is the hunt still necessary, why the government of Denmark cannot provide a better lifestyle to its people, why such a cruelty still exists today. Based on the research, the whale hunting should be banned because it is dangerous to people’s health, it is outdated tradition, and it is a cruel act. One of the main reasons why the whale hunting should be banned on Faroe Islands is due to the effects that the whale meat has on the health of the humans who regularly eat it. Many research projects showed that excessive consumption of sea food can decrease cognitive abilities due to the presence of methyl mercury, a toxic pollutant, in the marine food. The population of Faroe Island depends heavily on marine resources.
During the sixties and seventies, around 18,000 jaguars were killed every year for their beautiful coat. Formerly prized furs, such as those from the leopard, cheetah, or jaguar, may no longer be hunted in the countries where they are indigenous, and many other countries forbid their importation (Miller). Another example of an animal being hunted to near extinction is the whaling industry in the 19th Century. Southern Right Whales were hunted because they float when dead, can yield, many barrels of oil, have long baleen plates and come close to shore. Whale oil was used for candles, light fuel, soap, heating and lubricant.
To ensure the survival of whales as a species, more regulations limiting the killing of whales for any purpose and closer surveillance of whaling activity must be enacted. Though the general public is appalled by the practice of whaling, pro-whalers provide numerous excuses for the savage practice of whaling. Many countries claim that whaling is a part of their heritage. Struggling nations propose that the act will help their economies flourish. Whalers justify their actions by stating that whaling is not inhumane.
It’s perfectly normal to kill thousands of whales just to see how we can help them! WRONG! Over 500 southern pacific Minke whales experienced this in just one year, and hundreds of other species of whales did too, including endangered species like the Fin whale. --SLIDE-- For almost 400 years, whales have been chased to near extinction. Vessels have travelled the globe to find and extract precious oil and gather whale meat to eat.