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Should Whaling Still be Banned?
Hunting whales in a population-sustaining fashion (while minimising suffering) should be allowed.
Whale meat has a relatively low
. Therefore its consumption is helpful to fight climate change.
By being able to kill, take and treat whales for purposes of scientific research, we can hope to gain more knowledge about whales than would be otherwise obtainable.
Whale meat is apparently
Not all whale species are endangered - some of them, such as
, can be hunted in a population-sustaining manner.
For some cultures, whale-hunting is
an integral part
of their history and identity. Stopping these hunts can damage vulnerable communities.
If whaling were generally accepted, the illegal and dangerous harassment of Japan’s Antarctic research vessels - for example by the
- would lose societal support.
Allowing whale hunting will save the broken International Whaling Commission, which has become
through internal disagreement, because it allows members that previously withdrew to return.
Whales should be treated just like all the other sentient animals which humans kill and eat.
with ships causing human injury and damage to property. Hunting them to lower but sustainable numbers will reduce these collisions.
Whales are of great importance for the ocean's ecosystem.
Whale hunting makes no sense from an economic point of view.
Allowing the hunting of whales sets a precedent that weakens
Art. 64 and 65 of UNCLOS
, which awards legal protection for other species, such as dolphins or porpoises, "with a view to ensuring conservation". This threatens their lives too.
Humans have not shown that they can adequately control populations of the animals they hunt. They constantly over-fish and over-hunt. As humans had hundreds of years to get this right, and haven't, they should stop hunting whales entirely.
Whales cannot be killed humanely.
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