Whaling And Its Impact On The Environment Essay

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Whaling has been a controversial activity for some years now. Whales in today’s society have been regarded as “gentle giants” and highly intelligent animals, which is true. Some nations however, such as the Norwegian and Japanese have whaling deeply rooted in their culture and history. For many centuries, their ancestors took part in whaling as a means to sustain their life, livelihood and culture. I agree with the Norwegian and Japanese position on permitting the hunting of non-endangered species of whales as a cultural exemption, given that the hunting of the whales is regulated to prevent over-hunting so that the whale population can replenish. Whaling in terms to preserve their tradition and culture is highly understandable, but industrial whaling on a massive scale and whaling for sport however, is something I am against because it greatly reduces the whale population which may have an adverse impact on our ecosystem.

A complete ban on whaling is a big threat to the traditions and cultures of the Norwegian and Japanese and their sovereignty. For years now, whale hunting has been the source of income and sovereignty amongst different nations. Even in the United States in Nantucket as far back as the 1800’s, whale hunting was a source of the whale oil trade that was used as lamp oil to light cities and produce soap. Recently, whale hunting has been controversial due to the overfishing/hunting of endangered whales. I was strictly against whaling and regarded it as a…

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