Whaling is the hunting of whales mainly for meat and oil. Its earliest forms date to at least 3000 BC. [1] Various coastal communities have long histories of sustenance whaling and harvesting beached whales. Industrial whaling emerged with organized fleets in the 17th century; competitive national whaling industries in the 18th and 19th centuries; and the introduction of factory ships along with the concept of whale harvesting in the first half of the 20th century.

As technology increased and demand for the resources remained high, catches far exceeded the sustainable limit for whale stocks. In the late 1930s more than 50,000 whales were killed annually[2] and by the middle of the century whale stocks were not being replenished. In 1986 the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling so that stocks might recover. Some people may say that Japan is only killing whales because of so called scientific research or their culture.

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However, one does not need to kill over 900 whales for scientific research. As for their culture, statistics show that less than 10% of Japan eats whale meat. Others may say that it’s just for money. However, I think that more people would prefer watching whales in the wild rather than watching them die. In fact, millions of people watch whales every year, which is a billion dollar business per year. Not to mention it would save our planet. In conclusion, I believe that whaling should not continue.

It is merciless and unnecessary. It would also make our planet more torn up than it already is. Just imagine a whale dying, choking on their own blood. 900 whales are slaughtered illegally in a protected whale sanctuary. If we allow this to happen, our mother Earth would be another dead planet, along with all the others known. Action is being taken. Recently, the 900 whales have been cut in half, thanks to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. We can change. We have before. It’s our world. It’s our chance. Let’s make it right.