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  1. #1 Iceland resumes selling whale meat of endangered species 
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    Isn't this more an ethical or cultural issue (like horse meat)? Numbers taken are at least one magnitude less than last century, and populations are definitely rebounding in some areas including Iceland. Americans prefer other meats over whale, eh?


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    I'm not aware of Americans eating endangered species regardless of local populations that might have partially recovered.
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    I'm also glad the US is protesting. Just as a point of fact, the Alaska Natives are US citizens who eat bowhead whales, an endangered animal.
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    People have to eat to survive but i dont understand why people have to eat whales when there are so many cows,fish or other animals to eat. Are whales such a delicasy that people eat want to eat them?
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    Well those whaling industries for the Icelandic are a traditional industry, and they have a small population and are an island nation without many natural resources to sell. They have to do something, if the choice is between the economic well being of their country and killing endangered species, the well being of their people is the proper choice.

    Similarly, Inuit populations in the North of Canada are permitted to hunt and kill whales, because that is an important source of food in the arctic, and it's not their fault Europeans have hunted whales nearly to extinction. Are they supposed to abandon their entire way of life because of the irresponsibility of foreign fisheries? Let's not even get into fish stocks and how Western greed for fish has made it impossible for coastal fishing villages in Africa to survive since Russian and Japanese ships have depleted all the stocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Well those whaling industries for the Icelandic are a traditional industry, and they have a small population and are an island nation without many natural resources to sell. They have to do something, if the choice is between the economic well being of their country and killing endangered species, the well being of their people is the proper choice.

    Similarly, Inuit populations in the North of Canada are permitted to hunt and kill whales, because that is an important source of food in the arctic, and it's not their fault Europeans have hunted whales nearly to extinction. Are they supposed to abandon their entire way of life because of the irresponsibility of foreign fisheries? Let's not even get into fish stocks and how Western greed for fish has made it impossible for coastal fishing villages in Africa to survive since Russian and Japanese ships have depleted all the stocks.
    Very true.
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