The Importance Of Whaling In Japan

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Introduction Whale hunting in Japan has become an increasingly controversial topic after the International Whaling Commission law was passed because Japan has been killing large number of whales for scientific research. This is because of that some of whales’ species such as blue whales are considered endangered and this might cause an ecological damage to the sea environment. Whales are intelligent animals and their existence participate in the environmental equilibrium therefore killings whales should be prohibited so as the preserve the environment and ensure the sustainability of our planet. In fact, it morally wrong to kill and eat intelligent animal and to keep hunting large number while is about to extinct. Therefore, Japan…show more content…
The Intergovernmental organization that manages whaling regulations, to save whales for future generation and keep benefiting from their role in the environmental equilibrium, in 1986 banned commercial whaling (International convention for the regulation of whaling, 1946). Furthermore, IWC decided to protect the whales and came up with rules after seeing a large number of whales being hunted. Consequently, commercial whaling was banned all over the globe. Nevertheless, IWC permitted whale hunting for scientific research. Therefore, Japan took an advantage of scientific whaling permission and conducted two scientific types of research called JRPA and JRP11 whaling program with the remains of the whales being commercialized. This means that Japan found a legal way to carry on commercial whaling. Following that incident, Japan was asked to send their scientific report about whaling which they refused. “The Government of Japan refused to send any of its scientists” (Bioscience, 2003). Japanese scientific whaling could be considered as commercial whaling and that violates the international whaling commission as well as international
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