We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My libertarian core says that Japan (or the US) has as much right to hunt whales as to fish tuna or raise cattle. My granola-hugging-tree-crunchy-fan-of-Jacques-Cousteau part says whales are beautiful animals and there are too few of them to be commercially viable anyway.
If the governments in question didn't subsidize whaling operations, would their crews still hunt? Doubtful. Every product available from whales has a valid substitute. BUUTT -- I think the decision should come from the whaling nations and not from me.
Just wondering how accurate the whale census is? If the supplied numbers are being advocated by the same groups that told us polar bears are 'endangered", It would lead me to be skeptical of the entire premise.
Large mammals are superior in every way to smaller mammals. Not sure why but they just are. I think size should be the determining factor on which a species is allowed to be hunted or not. Something about their "bigness" just makes them seem more human.
P.S. It may actually be "factor IN which a species" but I'm too drunk to care about grammar right now all I know is that Truman didn't screw around with these people and neither should we because whales are people too (or to...still not sure and still drunk). Also, my father never loved me...Goodbye