Essay on Illegal Commercial Whaling

1130 Words Dec 24th, 2011 5 Pages
Commercial Whaling

Countless amounts of great whales will be illegally caught and slaughtered for commercial sale and “scientific” research this year. In spite of a worldwide moratorium, put in place by the International Whaling Commission twenty four years ago banning the act of commercial whaling, three defiant countries continue to hunt whales illegally. If these countries hunt whales against the law and continue to get away with minimal consequence it may encourage other countries to resume their whaling operations. If stricter laws are not out in place the whale populations will be hunted to extinction and the greatest conservation accomplishment of the twentieth century will go down the drain. Animal rights have evolved
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Whale hunters determined these to be the “right whales to kill”. Due to their peaceful nature people find the thought of slaughtering the Northern Right whales, because they are easy to kill, hard to swallow. The Grey whale makes the longest annual migrations of any living mammal, traveling some 5,000 miles. The mystery of how one mammal could travel so far from its northern feeding ground astounds humans. The Humpback whale is best known for its acrobatic displays and its haunting songs. These majestic animals warm the hearts of humans with their natural talents. People often take trips to go “whale watching” just to see the astonishing Humpbacks graceful displays. The peaceful nature of the whales draws humans in warming their hearts. It makes it hard for the advocates to understand how one could stand to kill such a kind hearted mammal. Animal activists began to believe commercial whaling was becoming too out of control and formed anti-whaling organizations. The Global Whale Alliance was formed in 2001 with members who believe commercial slaughter of whales has no place in a modern compassionate world. The members of the GWA are passionate about keeping the ban on commercial whaling intact. They are more focused on salvaging the ban than fighting to stop the illegal

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