Whaling is basically the practice of hunting and killing of whale. This word also refers to the industry of killing whales for their oil, bones and meat. Whaling is at times known as whale fishing. Whaling first originated back in 3000 BC and commercial whaling developed in late 1890s and early 1900s.

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Where does the worst of whaling happen?

The worst of it happens in Antarctica. This by the Japanese. They say it is for research, but they take the meat back to Japan, because it is a delacacy there.


What nations are greatly involved in commercial whaling?

Japan, Norway, Soviet Union.


When does whaling usually happen?

Around Aisian Cousts, people are so poor they go and whale. It is illegal, but they still sell them. Their means of killing are very painful and cruel. It happens most often during uprisings, bad economy, and starvation.

-Emma the 5th Grader


How do whaling affect whales?

It affects many ecosystems in the ocean. For example, if there are no whales, the population of plankton or fish that are the whales food will increase. Also, the food chain is affected. Another reason why whale hunting affects the environment, is because the rare species of whales will get extinct.

Moby Dick

Why does Captain Ahab want a right whale killed?

Because he bit Capitain Ahab's leg off.

It wasn't a right whale. It was a giant white whale that bit his leg off on a previous voyage. The book is based on a partly true story that happened off the cape in the late 1800's. The name of the book is Moby Dick. It is really a good read.


What are the disadvantages of whaling?

The disadvantage is that it kills whales which are harmless, intelligent creatures.

Also, in the past whaling has drastically reduced numbers of whales and threatened their survival as species.

Whales will be killed, they will become extinct. For that we lose precious animals and for many people whales are our favorite creatures.


What is good about Whaling and what's bad about Whaling?


  • Many indigenous people, such as the Inuits of Alaska, rely on whales for food and other materials to survive in such harsh environments.
  • If whale populations are monitored carefully, it might be possible for whales to be sustainably harvested.
  • Whaling provides jobs and pumps money into the economy.
  • Some, like the Japanese and Icelandic, believe that whales are depleting stocks of important forage fish like capelin and herring, citing the fact that some whales eat tons of such fish every day.
  • Some regard minke whales as "pests", which the larger baleen whales are forced to compete with, therefore making it more difficult for them to recover1.


  • Comprehensive censuses have not been conducted on whale species being hunted, and therefore it is unknown how extensively their species have been depleted.
  • When whales are removed from ecosystems, the entire balance is thrown off.
  • Most whale meat contains levels of mercury deemed unsafe by government regulations2, and can lead to mercury poisoning in people who eat it regularly.
  • Some view whales to have an intrinsic value to the world, which makes their killing immoral3.
  • There are no regulations on how whales are killed. As many as 50% do not die after being shot with the initial harpoon, so a second harpoon or rifle shot is necessary. Additionally, some whales can take an hour to die, leaving them to suffer in that time. The IWC has no regulations, only recommendations, on killing methods4.

What is the disadvantages of whaling?

They are becoming extinct

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Dangerous South American headland around which whaling ships of the 1880s dreaded sailing?

A dangerous South American headland around which whaling ships of the 1880s dreaded sailing was Cape Horn.


Why does whaling have to be stopped?

Most whaling campaigners believe that whaling needs to stop due to 'whales' being an endangered species, or due to believing that the majesty, and beauty of these creatures warrants them a separate fate to other animals on the food chain. However, this is mostly down to lack of education on these matters. Whaling in Japan and Norway concentrates specifically on Minke whales, which are actually the most populous whale on the planet with around 1,000,000 worldwide. Japan and Norway both believe that it is their right to preserve their culture, as it is part of their national identity and other countries messing with that is in fact very offensive to them. Both countries use Minke whale as a food source, and have done for several hundred years (several thousand in Japan's case). In Japan, Minke whale is served in school dinners due to its high Iron content. In some cases Japan also hunts humpback whales, though less often, however these are also one of the most populous whales, and are by no means in danger of extinction. In my personal opinion, as long as an animal is not in danger of extinction, then its meat is fair game. Humans eat meat, and no animal is exempt, as they're all made of it. And you need to tolerate other cultures, as we're all in this world together. Japan have their ways, and they're set in them, just as you are set in your ways. My best example would be to say, imagine if a world organisation decided that cheer leading was sexist, and as a result the US, which had no say in this decision, had to abide by this decision and halt cheer leading at American football games. Americans would be in outrage because it's part of their culture. I'm a British man, and the monarchy is a part of my culture, I'd be offended if a 'world' organisation tried to tell me that my country, after THOUSANDS of years, wasn't allowed a monarchy. Having said that, legally Norway and Japan aren't required to stop, they're not breaking any laws, but Greenpeace 'wants' those laws in place. Why? Well as my post shows, Minke whales are actually in abundance, so the only other explanation is simply that Greenpeace are 'fans' of whales, and don't like the fact they are just animals, like cows, or fish, or pigs.

Whaling and other threats have led to at least 5 of the 13 great whales becoming endangered. Commercial whaling is subject to a moratorium by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). However, at the 2006 IWC meeting, the St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration, which protests the moratorium, was adopted by a slim majority.

'Whales' are not collectively endangered as there are 57 species of whale. Remember that whale is a genus and not a species, and the whale being hunted, 'Minke whale', is the most populous. Fabrications that whales are endangered are completely untrue. Whaling is an important part of some cultures, and what is important to people in those nations should be respected. Put your prejudices aside, I know that whales are beautiful and majestic, but they are also made of meat, and in the case of Minke, they are plentiful. Therefore, why shouldn't they be food? There is absolutely no reason, and no argument against this case.

Diversity is the key to survival of living things on earth, including humans. Diversity is key because when environmental changes (I mean natural changes as much as man made ones) or diseases specific to limited species occur, the ones who may be able to survive or be resistant to them are no longer there. As species of any kind disappear one by one, that diversity slowly shrinks. The point at which a species is reduced in number, and no longer has sufficient diversity of individuals within that species is unknown. It is also necessary to have sufficient numbers to reproduce and support the young for a species to survive.

There are some that use the argument that over millions of years that thousands of species disappeared but new species evolved so it's not a "crisis" when we loose a few hundred species per year. But that ignores the crossover effect of man's interference causing the extinction of species and man's interference in nature preventing new species from surviving and evolving. As the population of earth expands, and in the not too distant future, doubles from where we are now that environmental pressures will be twice as hard on nature as it is now. What are the chances of new species being able to evolve amidst that pressure?

Now for the whales, the writer above states for example, that Minke whales are plentiful. When we know that there could be an onset of a disease or an environmental factor that can suddenly decimate that population, and other whale species are on the decline, that mentality can lead to the eventual disappearance of whales of all kinds. Whales are only an example of the unnecessary destruction of species when we know the importance of diversity of all species to the survival of life on earth. That is not to say that I agree with Greenpeace or their methods, I don't know enough about them to agree or disagree with them. What I do know, is for humans to make a positive impact on our environment and for any possibility of reversing the damage already done, enough people will have to recognize and put into practice new ways of doing things.

This is a controversial issue, and a good answer must be balanced. The second answer stipulated that 'There is absolutely no reason, and no argument against this case.'

This is incorrect, and not balanced answer. This answer, and the first one, both raise many fair and correct points, but they also are just as one-sided as the arguments you would receive from Greenpeace or Seashepherd; what is certainly obvious is that the people who gave these answers either are lying or do not know all the facts.

Yes, it is true that Minke whales are numerous and much whaling centers around them. The first two answers seem to shun the whaling of other whales however, as the third answer pointed out, diversity is key to sustaining an environment, essentially the importance of having a large population is to counter both the increasing encroachment of human activity but also in case a disease of some kind attacks the given species, there is enough resistance within the combined gene pool to allow that species to survive.

The first two answers also talk about 'cultural heritage'. Japan's commercial whaling begun around the same time as Western Europe's did, the mid 1800's, and was centered on small coastal communities. Japan's antarctic whaling did not begin until the late 1930's. This of course is personal opinion, but I do not believe citing 'cultural heritage' is an excuse.

There are of course communities in Japan, Iceland, Greenland etc. which do have a proper right to

The anti-whaling reasoning generally ties down to three reasons:

1) Environmentalism: Some whales are endangered, and since many take a long time to age and reproduce, whaling can disrupt the environment. Normally, supporters of this view will not find any issue with aboriginal whaling, as they only kill a whale once in a while for food.

2) Animal welfare: Many supporters believe that there is no humane way to kill a whale. A harpooned whale often takes many minutes to die, in contrast to the ideal slaughterhouse where the animals are stunned and die without feeling pain. Proponents of this view usually say that whaling should be outlawed, with no exceptions. Whaling communities such as the Inuit are trying to find ways to make their hunts more humane, though many anti-whalers doubt if it can succeed.

3) Sentimentality: The media tends to glorify specific animals such as the ceteacans, horses and dogs. Additionally, science has shown that whales have spindle neurons, the neurons that give us several human traits. Many people feel that it is cruel to kill whales for these reasons.


Why do people go whaling if it's illegal?

While whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1986, it is legal to kill whales for scientific purposes in some countries, such as Japan.


What is the process of whaling?

The usual way the Japanese to kill a whale at sea is they wait for a whale to come up for air (Whales are mammals, so they can't breath underwater), then they harpoon it.

The harpoon can sometimes have grenades inside the tips, so that it will explode inside the whale's body. The whale is then pulled close to the boat and shot several times with a rifle. The whale is then pulled up onto the boat, and cut into peices. Sometimes it is butchered alive. :(


What can you do about whaling?

You can donate to groups that try to stop whaling.


Why do people hunt whales?

People hunt whales for meat, oil, whalebone and ambergris, and for scientific research. Whale oil is used as a lubricant and as a component of soaps and cosmetics (and was formerly used for margarine and as fuel for lamps). Ambergris is used as a fixative in perfume production. Whale hunting is a way unwealthy people make money illegaly in places like Iceland, Japan, etc.


How was colonial whaling similar to the whaling done by the Makah indians?

basically taking only what was needed so it was a sustainable fishing resource


Does the antarctic treaty address whaling?

The antarctic treaty, which now has 46 nations in it, has 2 main organisations that deal with whaling. Although the treaty do address the Japanese whaling, the main 2 organisations are Greenpeace and Sea Sheperd. These 2 organisations aim to fight the whaling in Antarctica going to many extents.

Sorry I didn't help but if you can get your hands on a book name "Oxford Big Ideas Humanities 2" it has a whole chapter on Antarctica and also about the treaty.


How does whaling industry work?

The whaling industry was very similar to modern fishing industries. The whalers would go out on boats and hunt whales. They would catch the whales, process the meat and also the oil from the whales which was used as a heating oil and such. They would then return to port and sell the meat and oil the markets and such.


Why do people still go whaling when it is banned?

Not every country recognizes the ban.

Slogans and Mottos

What is a good slogan for anti whaling?

Don't wail about whaling, stop it now


Does Japan's economy depend on whaling?

only 7


How many whales are killed by whaling?

over 400 whales are hunted every year from whaling


Should whaling be banned?

Whaling has been banned by the International Whaling Commission since 1986.


What is a whaling station?

That is an established colony where pople who hunt and killed whales live.


How many whales inhabited the oceans before whaling began?

50 thousand


Where is whaling port of the past?

new London


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