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Sea Shepherd says it will not send ships to disrupt Japanese whalers because the Japanese Navy will be escorting the whaling ships. Animal rights activists say Japan is violating the international ban on whaling. Despite what Japan is saying, the whales are being killed for meat, not for research. The Japanese government maintains that the whaling is for research. Whaling doesn't have the same stigma in Japan as it does in other places of the world. What do you think? 🐋

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Animal rights activists say they oppose whaling because it's an outdated and cruel practice. Despite an international ban on whaling, Japan continues to harvest whales under the guise of scientific research. The ultimate goal of this research is to outline how Japan can resume industrial whaling in a sustainable way.

Critics point out Japan has only published two peer-reviewed studies despite killing 3,600 whales over the course of nine years. They say Japan isn't conducting research—it's just whaling by another name.

Whales are incredibly intelligent creatures and deserve our protection. The entire world has decided to stop whaling. Japan should too. 

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Experts say Japan hunts whales because of their culture does not have a taboo against whale hunting like in the U.S. Japanese culture does not see whales like American culture does. They're just seen as big fish. 

Keiko Hirata, a political scientist at California State University Northridge, says:

 “Most Japanese lack any special love of whales and disagree with Western animal rights activists who insists on whales’ rights.”

People love to get on their high horse about protecting whales and dolphins. But it seems like these people have no issues with raising livestock in deplorable factory farms or even the slaughter of baby cows for extra-tender meat. It's hypocritical. 

The second factor is politics. According to Hirata, the department which oversees the whale hunt has every incentive to oppose international pressure. The Japanese people aren't opposed to the whale hunt. Those politicians have no reason to give in to international pressure. 

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