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Did you know that in the last 50 years over two million whales have been killed The United States views whaling very differently than Japan does It is a complicated and controversial topic Many people have opinions about whale hunting However everyone should know both sides of the whale hunting issues before they act on the issue To start out I am going to tell you a little about whaling The first whale hunters were in the prehistoric times At first they would just kill and eat beached whales That became such a habit that they started hunting them Most whale hunters use harpoons guns lances or bombs that blow up inside the whale They use catcher boats or kayaks In 1925 whalers developed factory ships that could hold 12 catcher boats and a crew of about 400 These ships had radar under the boat that could detect where the whales were These boats are what made it so easy to hunt whales In 1931 the International Whaling Convention began The major whaling countries formed the IWC to protect whales from being over hunted and to regulate the whaling industries The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise the measures laid down in the Schedule to Convention which governs the conduct of whaling throughout the world These measures provide for the protection of certain species designate specified areas as whale sanctuaries set limits on the numbers and size of whales which can be taken have open and closed seasons and areas for whaling and prohibit the capture of female whales accompanied by calves The United States stopped whale hunting in 1940 because of the International Whaling Convention and also because Congress made an US code on whale hunting The United States never depended on whale meat like Japan They mostly whale hunted for a hobby The Congress feels that whales are a unique resource of
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