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Crystal Leonard's picture

Japanese whaling industry

I think it is interesting that the US encouraged Japan to increase whaling and use the meat as a protein source after WWII but now condemns Japan for continuing to eat whale meat. It's a very hypocritical stance to take. Do the Japanese hunt enough whales for meat that it actually threatens whale populations? If so, then Japanese whaling should be regulated to prevent the extinction of these whale species. However, because the IWC has no real authority, I think it would be more effective if the regulation was coming from within the Japanese government. Whether because you believe whales have culture or that whales are ecologically important, the main goal is to prevent whale extinction right? If the Japanese government is made to realize that without regulation their whaling industry is not sustainable, they may be willing to internally regulate.


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