In 1986, The International Whaling Commission (IWC) implemented a moratorium to stop commercial whaling. Many people believe that this would save the whales and end forever the industrial slaughter that had decimated the many different species. Being an animal lover and just getting back from Florida for over a year, I realized how beautiful and important the ocean and the animals that live in it are. In Florida I saw many different types of ocean species, but I have never seen a whale in real life. And that made me think. How protected are these animals? I have watched television programs about entire fleets of ships, and even a helicopter, out following whaling ships trying to sabotage their efforts in order to save as many whales as possible. What are the loopholes that these whalers are slipping through to still be able to kill these majestic creatures?
For the exploratory paper I knew I wanted to explore this issue further, such as what the United States is doing to prevent this, what countries still practice whaling for financial gain, what makes them so sought after and how many do you really need to harvest for scientific research?
While looking through articles on the Academic Search Premier on D2L, I found an International Whaling Commission article by Mark Simmonds that caught my eye. The article comments on the practice of whaling and a proposal before the IWC that could possibly lead to the resumption of commercial whaling, if this proposal passes it will mean the time and millions of dollars spent over the years on conservation will be thrown out. Simmonds states, “Even with the memorandum, hundreds of whales are killed every year” (22). This is because the IWC allows nations to grant special permits to themselves for research. Japan has exploited this loop hole for years in the north Pacific and southern ocean since the proposal was issued in 1986 even though the IWC designated this area a sanctuary. Iceland also plays a major role in manipulating the proposal, Iceland left the IWC in 1992 and decided to rejoin 10 years later with a controversial reservation to continue commercial whaling. These nations kill a reported 1600 whales a year for scientific purposes.
The article obviously made me think 1600 whales! How much research are they doing to justify this massacre? I decided to find out what is the financial gain linked to whaling in these countries and what parts of these animals is worth so much to continue killing in their eyes. After searching the internet looking for information on what benefits there are in killing whales for financial gain, is this really condoned in other countries? I guess I have just been gullible about this issue until now thinking all countries are on board to protecting the whales from extinction.
After clicking through multiple sites looking for more useful information to try to bring justification to the issue involving historical importance to commercial whalingI found an article onMasterFILE...