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Whales are among the largest most intelligent and most interestingcreatures on Earth These creatures should be preserved and not killedfor human means Humans are killing whales for things like meatcultural tradition and of course profit In the early days of humanswhales would be hunted for essential reasons but today whale productsare much less needed The killing of these amazing creatures is wrongfor many reasons This paper argues three major cons of whaling theinhumane methods to kill the whales the fact that many are endangeredand on the brink of extinction and losing creatures of extremely highintelligence and value that are fascinating to study and learn from The practice of whaling uses an array of weapons to kill a whale someare more humane than others but these methods can never guarantee asingle lethal shot every time The weapons used include penthritegrenade harpoon cannons and high caliber rifles If the whale is notkilled by the first shot what happens The whale suffers and may escapeinjured making it a Struck and Lost whale These injured whales mayeither die slowly and painfully or live on with incredible anddebilitating injuries There are many cases of whales like these InGreenlands narwhal hunts struck and lost animals adds an average of42 to the harvest statistics for 1954-1998 Rommel 4 In a recenthunt for Bowhead whales there were 13 whales that were struck and lostin 2011 two had a fair chance of survival eight had a poor chance ofsurvival and three died Suydam 3 These whales were not killedwith the first shot or even a second shot they escaped with injuryMost of these whales were severely hurt or killed from their injuriesand were not humanly killed There are some whales that are indeedkilled with the first shot but it can actually be tricky to determine ifa whale is badly suffering or is dead Whales can store large amounts ofoxygen and shut down organs to appear dead to the human eye andinstruments when really
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