Killing the Whales Essay

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?

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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 …

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