Whaling Industry Essay

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Whale industry is popular in several countries, Japan, Norway, Iceland, in some parts of Russia and Canada. Thousands of whales have been killed and this has to stop because whales population is decreasing. Whales are long-lived, from 70-150 years, and slow to reproduce. It makes them very vulnerable to population collapses. The IWC allows Norway to hunt under an “objection” to the ban and Japan use “ research purposes” loophole to hunt whales. In addition, these countries are claiming that whale hunting is an ancient part of their culture. For example, Japanese people want to save their culture and tradition values. It is very controversial case, when the question is about environmental protection or culture protection the answer always going …show more content…
In Norway, whale industry have started around 150 years ago and evidence of whaling in Japan dates back to at least 10,000 B.C. During the World War 2, in 1940 whale meat played an important role due to lack of protein. Today most of the people in Japan do not eat whale meat, but some small communities still do. Coastal villages in Norway and Japan depend on hunting and fishing for their livelihoods. Since there are a lot of quotas on the capture of particular species of fish, whale hunting serves as a means for supplementing incomes in rural areas. From the economic side, “whaling doesn’t just affect the economies of the countries that participate, as many countries have strong whale watching and other ecotourism industries” (The Economic Impact of Whaling, Sept 27, 2014. Web.). The one thing that confusing people who protect whale population :” What is the reason of whaling if Japan and Norway spend more than earn?”. According to “ The Economic Impact of Whaling” article, Japan being able to sell only 25% of its total harvest of the year, which is the reason why the Japanese government has been heavily subsidizing their whaling operations. While Norway, has spent millions of dollars in subsidies to keep their whaling industry afloat, and spent $4.9 million since 1992 on public campaigns to attempt to gain public support for

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