Negative Impact of Whaling in Japan

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Biodiversity often appears as an under the radar issue that is put on the backburner to other environmental problems such as: climate change, ocean acidification, or ozone depletion. When in reality, it should really be a frontrunner as it explicitly involves all living things that dwell within our shared biosphere. While the human population did not really start making waves to remedy the endangerment or extinction of plants and animals until the 1970s with laws that included, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act; we have proved that our part in biodiversity is crucial now that we live in the anthropogenic age. A hot and debated topic on the subject of biodiversity arose with the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an international body that is set on goals to preserve whale stocks and regulate whaling as to help various species recover from near endangerment. Most all practices of hunting whales were banned along the globe but, exceptions were made in cases such as Japan; for alleged “scientific” purposes. The focus issues of this paper will stem from the controversy involving whaling, specifically in Japan, because while they justify their reasons for continued whale hunting, they still walk a fine line in the eyes of anti- whalers and whale-watchers alike. Commercial whaling was banned by the IWC around 1986 but the hunting still continued under certain expectations. “...Japan, or at least the country’s Fisheries Agency, says it has the
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