* Whales have been hunted by humans for their meet, bones and blubber. * Whaling, during the 19th century, wiped out most of the world's whale populations. * Whales grow and breed slowly; numbers will take a long time to recover. This means that they will more easily become more extinct. Information
* The International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned whaling in 1986. * There are some countries that issue permits to kill whales for research; Japan uses this to hunt whales and the meat from their research. * The Japanese whaling people left for the Antarctic in December 2006, with the intention of killing 850 Minke whales and 10 fin whales.
Whales are hunted for their:
* Liver – oil
* Skin – Belts/ shoes/ handbags and luggage
* Bone – animal feed and fertilisers
* Teeth – buttons/ piano keys and jewellery
1. Lots of different types of whales are hunted, including:
* Right Whale: It was considered the perfect whale to hunt because it had lots of blubber for oil lamps; (that is why it is called “Right” whale.)
* Blue Whale: Considered too dangerous to hunt mostly, but some of the more brave hunters went after this whale because, it is bigger and so it provides more blubber, meat and bone. Arguments against Whaling
Anti-whaling extremists claim that the whale is an intelligent mammal, that is able to feel pain the same way humans do, and that they should be treated as humans. Those supporting whaling think that, and claims that man is above the whales and man has been put on this earth by God to maintain the natural resources, in which includes the lords of the sea, - the whales. Maintain meaning both making sure they don’t become extinct but as masters of this earth, we are allowed to hunt them. Whaling is a tradition, especially in Norway, but also in other countries, like Japan, and for some, keeping traditions alive is very important.