Global ban on whaling

MenInTights

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FOXNews.com - Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

There's got to be more to this. I mean there's no way we're actually considering lifting the global ban on whaling?
The Obama administration is leading an effort within the International Whaling Commission to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the remaining three countries in the 88-member commission that still hunt whales.

The administration argues that the new deal will save thousands of whales over the next decade by stopping the three countries from illegally exploiting loopholes in the moratorium.


The 1986 moratorium unquestionably reduced the number of whales killed each year. But it's not as clear by how much. Some estimate that an average of 38,000 whales were killed each year before the moratorium reduced it to an average of 1,240.

Ramage said as many as 60,000 whales were killed before the moratorium -- a figure that he says has been cut to about 1,700 per year.
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
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So essentially they want to allow it so they can regulate it. Eh, that thinking works with marijuana, but I'm not sure if I can really back this. I mean, we're talking about an animal that has had several of its branches hunted into extinction.
 

MenInTights

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So essentially they want to allow it so they can regulate it. Eh, that thinking works with marijuana, but I'm not sure if I can really back this. I mean, we're talking about an animal that has had several of its branches hunted into extinction.
That's what I'm thinking. And, the people that are currently breaking the law are supposed to abide by these new regulations? Something just doesn't add up.
 

Merc

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I mean, the thinking sort of makes sense. There are no regulations since these people are exploiting loop holes. There's a possibility a lot of them will revert to guidelines if it's legal. I just don't know enough about the situation to truly comment.
 

Bananas

Endangered Species
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That's what I'm thinking. And, the people that are currently breaking the law are supposed to abide by these new regulations? Something just doesn't add up.
That's the thing, they are not currently breaking the law, they are exploiting loopholes. ie. hunting for research. The article is misleading in that it says it is doing it illegally, everything these countries do is legal, hence why it is a loophole.

I dont really know enough about the industry to comment if lifting the ban would curb the numbers killed or help conserve the species in anyway.
 

MenInTights

not a plastic bag
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That's the thing, they are not currently breaking the law, they are exploiting loopholes. ie. hunting for research. The article is misleading in that it says it is doing it illegally, everything these countries do is legal, hence why it is a loophole.
ah-ha...Now it becomes slightly more clear. Good catch.