Whaling Case Study

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1. Do you agree with the Norwegian and Japanese position on permitting the hunting of non-endangered species of whales as a cultural exemption? No. I do not believe that any country in the world should be able to hunt whales, especially if a large majority of the world disagrees with the practice. In the 1960 's the International Whaling Committee (IWC) tried to manage the commercial hunting of whales but realized that they needed a complete ban to prevent extinction. Whales are very slow to produce which makes them vulnerable to extremely quick population collapses. The IWC enacted a law prohibiting commercial hunting in 1986, but because they have no law enforcement or marine defense, over 300,000 whales have been killed since then. Whaling …show more content…
Whales are currently being poisoned by our oceans with PCBs and Dixin – two substances banned in the US and EU. There also in not much of a demand for the meat anymore. The government of Norway has given millions of dollars to whalers for fuel tax exemptions and also provide free storage for the meat. Because the people do not like it, Norway has tried to sell the meat to Japan, who won 't buy it because of the chemicals. Currently, the Norwegian government and whale hunters are trying to create platforms to help create a demand for whale meat. In Japan, they have six tons of meat sitting around in government storage. Their demand for whale has been on the decline for decades and much of the meat goes into making expensive pet …show more content…
The WTO currently has too many loopholes, allowing Japan to hunt for “research purposes” and Norway to hunt under an “objection” of the ban. I think that the panel should be a part of an environmental offshoot of the United Nations and that delegates that serve on the panel should be a working part of the UN. Science, interests, and morals should be reasonably discussed, weighted on the evidence presented and states must reformulate common jurisdiction. They must also make sure that the banning is not overused, carefully citing scientific resources to back up all laws. For one, whaling isn 't sustainable but neither is food for consumption in Japan. They must make sure that Japan receives a food safeguard as fuel prices fluctuate. We must also make sure that Japan no longer gives money to poor countries in the Caribbean, Pacific, and West Africa to boost their interests in whaling to the

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