International Whaling Persuasive Essay

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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 is an extremely cruel and slow death. The death of a whale takes over ten minutes with the possibility of the harpoon or harpoon grenade missing the animals major organs and having to get hit over and over again. This …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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