When the name Beluga whale comes up, many think of the popular children’s song, “Baby Beluga”; however, many do not know much past that. Beluga whales, along with many whale species, are regarded anywhere from near threatened to critically endangered depending on their location. The debate now is whether Beluga whales should be able to be taken out of their natural environment and put into aquariums around the United States. Although a few years ago the capturing of wild Belugas has been turned down by the federal government, it is now being reevaluated and may be accepted. Due to the reasoning that this has already been denied and because Beluga whales are close to becoming endangered, they should not be captured and put into aquariums for the enjoyment and studying by humans.
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.
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.
It was destroyed 8 miles from the coast of Old head of Kinsale, Ireland. Built by John Brown and company of Clydebank, Scotland. First Launched Thursday, June 7, 1906. After the Sinking of Lusitania the U.S threatened war. The Lusitania was destroyed in the same was as the Titanic as they could not pull the boats into the sea and water kept rushing into the hull through the front where the torpedo hit as the boat couldn’t be stopped.The Lusitania was torpedoed by the German submarine U-20 on May 7, 1915.
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Throughout history, man has been a threat to the limited population of whales, hunting them for food or for industrial purposes, but within the last century the number of cetaceans in the world decreased more rapidly than ever before. Along with this reason, there has also been a horrific rise in the number of whaling countries unlawfully killing more whales than their allotted annual quota. This is because individual countries do not always uphold the commercial whaling ban, and the regulatory jurisdiction behind the bans have not set in place strict repercussions for unlawful killings. There are solutions as to what could be done to prevent the complete extinction of whales, such as placing enforced, stringent laws over the pro-whaling countries and monitoring hunting seasons carefully. It is vital to the conservation of whales that authorities protecting whales be given more imposing power so they may enforce laws and in essence, fulfill their purpose.