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Have the whales been saved?

"Save the Whales!" One of the earliest slogans of the environmental movement, it galvanized a generation of conservationists. Awe-inspiring behemoths that breached the ocean's waves and could communicate with one another underwater, whales inspired public support in a way endangered snail darters and obscure plants never could.

Now, in light of that comeback, delegates from around the world will decide in the coming weeks if they should condone commercial hunts once more. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 29, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If only a fraction of those who oppose whale and blue fin tuna killing sponsored by Japan would walk the walk and publicly take the pledge -- No purchase of any Japanese branded products until Japan ends its charade -- things would improve. Forget the Toyotas, Sonys, Panasonics, etc. If you need to buy Asian, Korean products are of equal quality. Send the kind of strong message to Japan guaranteed to embarrass and cause real economic pain.

Posted by: AnnArborGuy | March 29, 2010 11:17 AM

Why does our society want to kill everything that moves. A neighbor of mine recently set a box-trap in her yard to catch a feral cat. The next morning she discovered a skunk in the trap. Instead of taking the animal to a forest somewhere for release into the wild, she shot it! To what end?

We do not NEED to kill whales for us to survive. Let them alone.

Posted by: DavidCurrier1 | March 29, 2010 1:32 PM

David,

Don't be so sensitive. I had a deer with a limp come into my yard, so i called the police and they shot it.

Sometimes it's the right thing to do. I only wish I could've reached my hunter friends so they could have shot it and eaten it, but they were out of town.

Sometimes it's a kindness.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | March 29, 2010 1:50 PM

This seems like an ill-phrased poll. The question is not whether or not hunting of whales should continue now that populations for some species have resurged, but whether the killing of whales and dolphins is ever moral, considering their intelligence puts them in the ballpark of sentience.

Posted by: minorthread | March 29, 2010 3:15 PM

Sorry, but killing is killing and some people, like Skeptic just enjoy killing. To prove their macho, probably. I am happy I won't be alive in 30 years, because thanks to humans, there will be no more whales, dolphins, seals, songbirds, wolves, lions, elephants and a myriad of other wildlife and I don't want to live in a world without them.

Posted by: skylark1 | March 30, 2010 7:20 AM

I'm not sure. Does frozen, and canned meat count as saved?

Posted by: rpatoh | March 31, 2010 7:47 PM

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