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Whaling: Cultural preservation - Should whaling be allowed in order to preserve the various cultural practices surrounding it?

  • Yes it should

    Whaling can absolutely be sustainable so long as the target is not a threatened species, which neither Minke or Pilot whales are, and humane, which a knife to the spine or an exploding harpoon generally is. Also, if a country wants to do something that harms no people, the world has no right to impose their ideals on them.

  • Provided it is regulated, small-scale traditional whaling is acceptable.

    So long as it is regulated and does not threaten the existence of the species, small-scale traditional whaling for cultural reasons is acceptable. There are a few cultures where whale figures prominently in their national dishes, clothing, crafts, etc. For these select societies it is acceptable to hunt whale, so long as it is done traditionally, as opposed to commercially, and on a very limited scale.

  • Yes, to an extent

    If it is a cultural rite or practice, the whaling rights of various cultures should be protected. If the whaling would cause extinction of the species of whale, then regardless of the cultural importance, whaling should not be allowed. It doesn't matter if it is part of a culture, intentionally driving a species to extinction is unacceptable.

  • Let them hunt

    I believe that everyone should have the right to continue on their cultural practices. I think that as long as the certain whale being hunted is not endangered then the people should have every right to follow this practice. There should be regulations to ensure that the ones that are hunted are not sold and are only used for cultural or religious purposes.

  • Whaling should be allowed in order to preserve the various cultural practices surrounding it.

    For many indigenous peoples whaling is an important cultural tradition. Whaling should be permitted as long as it is sustainable and an excessive number of whales are not killed. The goal of whaling restrictions is to make sure that the species does not go extinct. We should all work together to protect these animals.

  • Pain in whales

    Whales can feel so much pain and you do not even realise when you spear them.Imagine a knife cutting through your flesh and into your heart killing you and then you are sent into a factory eating your meat and making things out of you. Do you like that?I am sure no one does.

  • Pain in whales

    Whales can feel so much pain and you do not even realise when you spear them.Imagine a knife cutting through your flesh and into your heart killing you and then you are sent into a factory eating your meat and making things out of you. Do you like that?I am sure no one does.

  • Whaling Not Cultural Preservation

    Nothing about whaling involves cultural preservation. In reality, using cultural preservation as an excuse allows people to continue hunting whales to near-extinction. We shouldn't allow whaling on such a widespread scale because it could harm the ecosystem beyond repair. Therefore, whaling needs to be put to an end without giving cultural preservation a thought.

  • Whaling Should Not Be Allowed

    Whaling should not be allowed in order to preserve the various cultural practices surrounding it. Prior to the 1960s, there were over 100,000 humpback whales in the environment. This number declined greatly as commercial fishing increased due to the demand or whale bones and fat to make products. People became aware of the situation and whales made a recovery. Now whaling is again decreasing the number of whales, and cultures dependent upon the products are not the primary cause of the near-extinction. Whaling should not be allowed to preserve cultural identity because we live in a modern age which can provide alternatives to methods of living.

  • Whaling should not be allowed in order to preserve the various cultural practices surrounding it.

    Whaling should not be allowed in order to preserve the various cultural practices surrounding it. Whaling is the hunting of whales primarily for meat and oil. Whaling has been around for centuries, however, fear of over hunting and killing off the population of the whales were becoming a concern. Many countries started putting restrictions like Japan on whaling to prevent the species from dying out completely.


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