Should Whale Hunting Be Banned?

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Should Whale Hunting Be Banned? Should whale hunting be banned? The whale hunting, formally known as whaling, argument has been going on for many years now. The task I have been set to do is to investigate both sides of the argument "Should whale hunting be banned?" In this coursework I will be giving facts about whales, the population of whales, historical facts and arguments for and against whaling. Also I will be giving my opinion on this argument, however first I must look at both sides of the argument before I make my final decision. History Whaling began in the prehistoric time and was initially confined to coastal waters; this affected the traditions of cultures in countries such as Norway and Japan. The development of whaling technology was spurred in the 19th century as an increasing number of people wanted whale oil. Whaling is the hunting of whales mainly for meat and oil. Its earliest forms date to at least 3000 BC. Various coastal communities have long histories of sustenance whaling and harvesting beached whales. As technology increased and demand for the resources remained, catches far exceeded the sustainable limit for whale stocks. In the late 1930s more than 500,000 whales were killed annually, and by the middle of the century whale stocks were not being replenished. In 1986 the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling so that stocks might recover.The members of the IWC (International Whaling Commission) voted in 1982 to apply a ban on commercial whaling beginning in the 1985-86 season. Most countries around the world accepted the ban and stopped commercial whaling. Some of the countries who declined the ban are Norway, Japan and Canada. Japan and Canada declined this because in some rural areas of the countries food supply is low, so it would have a social impact if it was banned. It will also have an

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