The Problem with Whaling

by Kaitlin

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“Ohhhhhraaaa” the sweet sound of whale pods in the morning. These magnificent creatures swim free throughout the ocean migrating from sea to sea to journey. However, despite their beauty and innocence, they are being threatened.  By whalers.

Whaling is restricted at a certain point. These beautiful creatures get killed for their blubber, makeup, oil. Japan has a specific fleet that has harpoon ships and a factory ship. Harpoon ships are used to shoot the whales. Which then they are drag to the mother ship. Where they are dragged up on to the deck and slaughtered for their meat. I think that whaling laws should become stricter, waters should be more monitored.

For starters, whaling laws should become stricter. Right now the whaling laws are as follows: you can only kill a certain amount of whales. But if it is for science the amount that can be killed increases. Countries use this exception to beat the law and kill more than needed.

These laws account for the complete protection of certain species. Designate specified areas as whale sanctuaries these set limits on the numbers and size of whales which may be taken. They prescribe open and closed seasons and areas for whaling. And they prohibit the capture of suckling calves and female whales accompanied by calves.  Secondly these waters should be more monitored by the coast guard. The coast guards and water police should be more watchful of what is going on in the whaling industries.

People who protect these magnificent creatures are known as modern day pirates, the Sea Shepherds. The Sea Shepherds were established in 1977, calling themselves the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS).  It is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

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