The Un-Endangered Whales ?
The next argument that whalers make in order to justify their disregard for the whaling ban, is to argue that whales are really not endangered, that their numbers are plentiful and therefore, an all out return to full fledged whaling is in order. This claim is simply false. The long and bloody history of whaling has depleted so many species of whales that even decades of protection, such as it is, have not restored their numbers.
For example, the largest animal on the planet, the grand and majestic blue whale, was once seen in numbers as great as 220,000 in the southern ocean. After the decades of whaling, their numbers have dwindled to only a population of only 500 individuals. Even though most of the world has ceased its assault on whales, and the blue whale has been listed as a protected species since the 60's, their numbers have yet to recover. In fact, 7 out of the 13 species of great whales hunted through the years of whaling still remain on the Endangered Species list and have yet to recover even with years of the current level of protection. This includes humpback whales and right whales; other whale species are near threatened and their numbers are only somewhat stable due to conservation methods to protect them. Such is the case of minke whales, one of the favorite targets of whalers, particularly from Japan.
Continue on to Part Two of This Article to Read the Other Arguments Made by Whalers.