Iceland is part of the IWC, which prohibits the killing of whales. But, in 2002, they filed a reservation to the treaty saying they would no longer agree to it (Kaufma, 2018). The whaling commission isn’t a binding law and therefore is more an agreement of faith. This way Iceland was able to opt out of the agreement. Not every nation accepted this reservation and most nations still consider their whaling practices illegal. So, why isn’t anyone putting a stop to this? Mark Kaufman states in his article “Iceland gets away with killing dozens of huge, endangered whales. Here's why.”, that the United States won’t raise arms over killing threatened whales but will deny port access for fishing vessels and establish import restrictions on fish (Kaufman, 2018). Whale meat, whale blubber, whale oil used to be necessary for consumption and for light. But we have come such a long way since that was the case. Now we have alternative sustainable meat for consumption and power sources that don’t require a whale to die. So, why are we still hunting whales? Culture used to play a big role in the answer to that question but that, also, isn’t the case anymore. More and more people are deciding not to eat the majestic mammal, nervertheless, they are still being hunted. It is already illegal to hunt these animals but so many places find a way around these rules. Restrictions and enforcement must be put in place for these hunts to stop.
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- Summer '19
- Mary Broding
- Humpback whale, International Whaling Commission, Cetacea, Fin whale, whale hunting, Whaling, Essay, Argument