More than 4,000 years ago, Japan was one of the first countries to start whaling, Norway was

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More than 4,000 years ago, Japan was one of the first countries to start whaling, Norway was another. When whaling first began, every part of the whales were then use: the meat, skin, bones, blubber, and organs. During the Middle Ages, whaling grew in Northern Europe because of whale oil and baleen (also known as whalebone). The oils were used for oil lamps and the baleen was used for corsets and hoop skirts (NG). Japanese culture was founded on the idea of whaling. Eating whale meat is a sacred Japanese tradition that they as a country feel shouldn’t be broken. Today Japan says that their whaling research over past years has led the way to sustain this “renewable marine food resource” (NG).
Mid-1700’s, whaling from Europe caught wind in
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Right after the IWC launched their whaling ban in 1986, Japan started labeling their whaling as research to cover up their commercial whaling efforts. The meat from the whales killed is then sold for cheap or for free even in markets throughout the country. Norway still whales and didn’t follow the IWC ban for any more than seven years. They found a loop hole in the ban and now hunt minke whales. They have also began looking for minke breeding-females which will severely endanger the survival of the minke whale as a species in the Atlantic Ocean. Iceland was one of the countries apart of the IWC, however, they didn’t stay a part of it for long, and in 1992 Iceland left the IWC. When they rejoined in 2004, they added a rider into their contract about how they were not “for” the IWC whaling moratorium. In 2006, Iceland began to commercial whale again and has since killed 148 endangered fin whales and 60 minke whales (International Fund for Animal Welfare).
There are always going to be groups and organizations that will stand up for the whales and against any kind of whaling, however, that doesn’t mean that this problem is going to be eradicated easily. Japan, Norway, nor Iceland seem to be stopping, or even, slowing down on whaling any time soon regardless of their reasons. The future looks grim for whales unless there is something big done. The IWC states that no whaling can occur until the populations have returned to at least 54% of what they used to

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