As Queequeg and I are now fairly embarked in this business of whaling
; and as this business of whaling
has somehow come to be regarded among landsmen as a rather unpoetical and disreputable pursuit; therefore, I am all anxiety to convince ye, ye landsmen, of the injustice hereby done to us hunters of whales.
Last year, Iceland killed seven fin whales, even though, according to Finnsson, Icelanders have never eaten this type of whale meat--the whaling
company was apparently hoping to export it to Japan, but the Japanese market remains closed, and the meat is currently languishing in Icelandic freezers.
When commercial whaling
began approximately 1,000 years ago, the species' populations began to plummet.
Last October, Iceland announced it would resume hunting great whales, breaking a 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling
. Icelandic whalers will be allowed to kill nine endangered fin whales--the second-largest species after blue whales--and 30 smaller, more abundant minkes by the end of August.
Iceland has broken a global moratorium on commercial whaling
by killing an endangered fin whale for the first time since the 1980s.
Approximately 15,000 humpback whales rived in the North Pacific in the early 1900s, but the population was significantly hurt by commercial whaling
. By the mid-Twentieth Century, there were fewer than 1000 whales left in existence.
Mark Simmonds, director of science at the WDCS, said in a statement, ''Whaling
is a cruel activity and the fact that Japan in killing these amazing animals to produce dog food is shocking.
The whale in the Thames was tugging heart-strings but the cruel irony is the Japanese whaling
fleet has 1,000 whales in its sights.
The Japanese schoolgirl wraps her mouth around the burger--a whale meat patty in a sesame seed bun--the camera clicks and another image is processed for the Japanese whaling
industry's global charm offensive.
The world's oceans have had very different histories of whaling
, and Smith proposes sinking bones in various locales and then comparing the diversity of the communities that arise.
The plan for the resumption of whaling
adopted by Reykjavik in 2003, following a 14-year moratorium, provides for catches of 200 minke whales over two years, 200 fin whales and 100 sei whales.
The International Whaling
Commission banned commercial whaling
in 1986, but exempted whaling
for scientific reasons and for subsistence.