All whaling and the killing of cetaceans should not be banned under international law:

Arguments:

–  Indigenous people rely on whales for food and other materials for survival, for example the fat from the whales can be used as fuel for fire, which is an alternative to cutting down trees and causing deforestation. The amount of things we create from using whale parts are endless, piano keys, buttons, tennis racquets, crayons, candles… the list goes on.

– Whaling Essential for commerce and a country’s economy. E.g. Japan or China where whaling is a huge industry, and improves the cash inflow of a system.

– If whale populations are monitored carefully, it is fully possible for whales to be sustainably harvested for resources. Norway, for instance, has agreed to and implemented an inspection scheme, which has provided for inspectors on board every whaling vessel. 

– As there are different breeds or species of whales, they compete with each other for food, however, smaller whales species are more numerous, and will eventually cause the larger in size whale populations to diminish, and possibly extinct. Specified whaling targets these smaller species, allowing the larger whales to survive.

– Whales provide a heavy predatory pressure on commercial fishing breeds of fish, and left unchecked, populations of fish would decrease, forcing humans to find other sources of food, some of which may be even less ethical than hunting whales.

-Sustain cultures in countries such as Japan, where whale meat is a vital part of their culture. Its the same as asking Australia to stop eating kangaroos. We don’t have the right to decide whether or not a countries cultural identity is “superior” or “inferior” to another. . Since when is it ok for us to tell countries what they can and cannot eat?

Rebuttals:

– (If mentioned that killing whales are bad) You mentioned that you think that whaling is bad and unsustainable, however would you put this under the same criteria as farming cows or pigs? Farm animals are kept in enclosures under inhumane conditions, yet whales are allowed to roam free.

– (Whales are intelligent) Although whales are intelligent, would we not classify dolphins under the same category? Although we don’t hunt dolphins for resources, we capture them and force them to perform tricks, in zoos and theme parks. This is worse than killing them, it is a life of slavery for an intelligent creature, with no means of conveying their intentions to leave.

– (Species may become extinct) If whale populations are monitored carefully, it is fully possible for whales to be sustainably harvested for resources. Without whaling, smaller whales may eventually grow in numbers and will cause the larger whales to become extinct naturally.

– (Whaling is cruel) We, as humans, not only slaughter pigs in slaughterhouses and cows for meat, we also limit them to farms and enclosures, never being able to see the wild. Hunting whales should still be allowed because they do not live in enclosures, and have some chance at a life before we harvest them for their resources.

-(All killing is wrong according to the bible) 

Religion does not support many things, such as homosexuality, how is banning whaling any different? Secondly, the bible should not be viewed as the “book of law”, how are we to trust a book written 3500 years ago? Our point was to show that the bible should not be viewed as the book of law. You mentioned that you think that whaling is bad, however would you put this under the same criteria as farming cows or pigs? Farm animals are kept in enclosures under inhumane conditions, yet whales are allowed to roam free.

Brief Ideas:

  • Many indigenous people, such as the Inuits of Alaska, rely on whales for food and other materials to survive in such harsh environments.

  • If whale populations are monitored carefully, it might be possible for whales to be sustainably harvested.

  • Whaling provides jobs and pumps money into the economy.

  • Some, like the Japanese and Icelandic, believe that whales are depleting stocks of important forage fish like capelin and herring, citing the fact that some whales eat tons of such fish every day.

  • Some regard minke whales as “pests”, which the larger baleen whales are forced to compete with, therefore making it more difficult for them to recover1.

  • Sustain cultures in countries such as Japan, where whale meat is a vital part of their culture. Its the same as asking Korea to stop killing cows and eating beef. We don’t have the right to decide whether or not a countries cultural identity is “superior” or “inferior” to another.

  • Killing humans vs. killing animals 

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