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The Debate of Their Lives Many people enjoy hunting because it is relaxing fun or also a means of survival Through out the years though hunting has become a dangerous event for has been around for centuries and has almost brought about the extinction many species of whalesWhaling2 Many countries have hunted whales in the past but now there are only a few whaling countries one being JapanLemonick 42 Japan disregarding the ban are now hunting minke whales because they feel there is a sufficient amount of this speciesWatch20 After many years Japan still insists on continuing to hunt whales but many organizations are opposing this for the simple fact that the whales are in danger of becoming extinct Whaling has been around for centuriesLemonick 44 and evidence shows that whaling has possibly been around since prehistoric timesWhaling 1 The earliest record of whaling by countries with organized businesses is dated around 875Whaling 1 During this time Japan has gained much wealth from whaling and continues hunting certain species of whalesWhaling 1 Japan and other countries initially hunted whales from rowboats but by 1870 factory ships were introduced and by 1925 a whale could be completely laid on the deck of a shipWhaling 1 The first method of capturing whales was using hand held lances and hand-thrown harpoonsWhaling 2 By 1731 though technology advanced and a gun was devised that was able to shoot the harpoons instead of throwing themWhaling2 For centuries whalers were limited to a certain number of whales because of the availability of whales and the difficulty in finding and catching themWhaling2 As many species of whales evolved and nations were still constantly hunting them the IWCInternational Whaling Commission had to make certain regulations By 1949 the commission regulated whaling by 1setting geographical limitations 2prohibiting the taking of certain species such as the Arctic right and blue whales 3establishing rules for safeguarding immature whales and females with suckling calves and 4limiting the
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