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Survival of the Fittest What is the point of not letting the Japanese hunt whales Japan is the worlds largest consumer of whale meat Shimbuu 1 As you might already be able to tell I am not a big whale activist If these whales were an endangered species I would feel they had a right to be protected These whales which are being hunted are not endangered though and I feel they are fair game This paper will cover many topics that support Japanese whaling such as their economy culture and history as well as the health issue of whaling Also it will touch upon the International Whaling Commission and the struggle between the United States and Japan A goal of this paper is to open your mind to the Japanese stance on the issue of whaling and gain a better understanding of how this moratorium is affecting them In 1982 the International Whaling Commission adopted the whaling moratorium which ended all commercial whaling Abe 1 The Japanese persisted to hunt whales until about 1988 That is when they started hunting whales for research purposes due to a loophole in the IWC document that allowed limited whaling of this type Elder 52 The research programs were funded in a process where they would catch the whales conduct research on them then sell the whale meat throughout the country The IWC document said that there would be a revision of the moratorium no later than 1990 This never occurred Finally within the past five years some things began to change Whales not previously impacted by harvesting can be hunted and the initial annual catch rate would be set at about 05 of the estimated current numbers in the wild Misaki 2 Some activists of this clause state that if they allow whaling the Japanese will be able to lie about the numbers of whales they caught by not reporting all of the catches The IWC would
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