What Whale Poaching Really is By: Logan B I believe whale poaching should be outlawed around the world. Bans have warned people to stop hunting the whales but still over 2,000 whales are killed each year. In 1958, thirty eight thousand whales were killed since then, the amount of whales killed has dropped to thirty six thousand whales from that time. There are almost four whales killed each day. If someone is caught violating the laws it will result in civil penalties up to $11,000 or criminal penalties up to $100,000 plus, one year of prison time.
Likewise, banning this hunt would eliminate the traditional ways of life set hundreds of years back to the rural inhabitants. For them , this hunt is a vital way to endure survival physically and economically. Finally, seal hunting is done in a humane, regulated manner despite much of the negative influence shown to mislead the public about this hunt. Many are not aware, but seals are overpopulated enough already. The Canadian Seal Hunt is not only a blessing in disguise but a way to enable balance in the marine ecosystem.
I believe in the welfare of animals and therefore I think a commercial whale ban needs to be put forth as whaling has gotten completely out of control. People can’t quite seem to grasp the concept that whaling is just not okay. Anti-whaling activism has a short history compared to other forms of activism and environmental awareness. Early members of environmental organizations began protesting whale hunts around the world in the 20th century. Greenpeace doesn’t believe in violent acts of protest where as my team the Sea Shepherd conservation believes whaling has gotten to such a point that violent outbursts need to be taken to bring awareness.
The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is the creation of the great public demand for protection of the beloved whale species that were most at risk of whaling. Despite this Japan still hunts in it illegally. Thankfully, the days of whaling are definitely numbered due to the public seeing commercial whaling for what it is: unnecessary and cruel. Most people do not consume whale meat and believe it is a practice that is long since outdated and whale hunting should stay in the pages of Moby Dick. It is because of people like this who have helped save fin, minke, and sperm whales from extinction and will help ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy seeing these grandiose creatures alive and
However, the grey seal has slowly began to repopulate on Danish shores and is making a comeback. The virus that is the cause of the seal epidemic is known as the phocine distemper virus (PDV) and has appeared at least twice. This type of virus has a history of leading to masses of seals dying. In the 1950s, tens of thousands of seals died as a result of the virus. In 1988, the virus was the cause of death for over 23,000 harbour seals and 30,000 deaths in 2002.
Basically, my position is that countries should be able to pursue whaling if they wish, though I would prefer the catches to me as small as possible and absolutely do not tolerate the killing of threatened and endangered species. Norway acts in a much more humane way than the fisherman of Taiji. Norway has had a long tradition of whaling and using whale meat for food and blubber for oil, especially in harsh, cold northern regions. Norwegian fishermen patrol their waters with explosive harpoons that kill most whale instantaneously. The Taiji fishermen on the other hand unnecessarily slay thousands of dolphins by bombarding them with agonizingly loud noises.
On the black market shark fins sell for $500 a fin. Fishermen capture the sharks and cut off their fins while they are still living and then throw them back into the water where they then die. This is probably the most brutal way to poach an animal that I 've heard of. The U.S has a massive population of deer and everyone knows that. Deer poaching is also a serious problem even though there is a season to hunt deer.
One other contending argument is that since Isle Royale is a natural habitat, we should leave the island alone and let it run its course, even though the wolves might die out. This proposal would be inefficient and would only make matters worse. Wolves are the main predators of the many moose who occupy the island. If the wolves die out, the moose will thrive and overpopulate. Eventually, the extremely large population of moose could use up all of their available natural resources, causing the island to become vegetationless and the moose to starve and die because of the lack of resources.
Not to mention it can be a cruel form of hunting and a cruel death. To begin with, trophy hunting should not be legal because these animals should be protected. In fact, the New York Times article states that the Obama Administration has placed lions in Africa under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Also, the Junior Scholastic article stated that more than one million people signed a petition asking Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill animals. The petition and being added to the Endangered Species Act goes to show that people want endangered animals protected.
Scientists are trying to save the last of the ice because this is how they hunt for seals. Polar bears can swim; however, with less ice they have to swim long distances and many polar bears are drowning and losing significant body fat from lack of food. Additionally, with a lack of food, the bears reproductive system is down