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THE RESUMPTION OF WHALING BY NORWAY--- The following paper is about the resumption of whaling by Norway with a focus on the American attitude towards whaling in general Whaling is a very sensitive issue for many people including myself There are many people who feel that whales are highly intelligent mammals akin to humanity in many ways They cite the fact that whales mate for life the size of the average whales brain and the proof that whales communicate with one another all of these traits they share with us The anti-whaling people feel that to kill whales for their meat or oil would be like killing people for their meat or oil The pro whaling people dont buy any of their reasoning The pro whaling people feel that it is their right to use their resources any way that they want and no one can tell them what to do These people dont feel that whales are intelligent or that the size of their brains has any thing to do with it The people of Norway dont see a problem with whaling because they were raised with it The anti-whali--- An international study by Milton Freeman and Stephen Kellert published in 1992 surveyed people in 6 major countries including Australia Germany Japan Norway The United Kingdom and The United States about their attitudes towards whales and whaling 57 of the US respondents confirmed that they opposed the hunting of whales under any circumstances and 55 felt that even regulated whaling must be abandoned Skare 1994 Although none of the respondent groups showed a high level of knowledge on the subject all seemed to agree on the following points --- 1 The protection of whale habitats from pollution and disturbance 2 Maintaining an ecosystem perspective in whale management 3 Basing harvest levels on the
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