The world faced an ecological crisis. Whaling had driven several species to the edge of complete extinction. Unless something was done, and done fast, it was possible that many whale species would be wiped from the world’s oceans in less than a decade.
So the International Whaling Commission was formed in order to place limits on the number of whales which could be harvested each year. The preliminary work was done in the 1930’s with the signing of the International Agreement for the Regulation of Whaling.
That wasn’t good enough for whale enthusiasts. There was a massive PR campaign conducted in the 1970’s and 1980’s by special interest groups which allied themselves with the Left. Documentaries on television and textbooks in the classroom pushed the idea that whales were super-intelligent, gentle, caring creatures. Humans, it was said, should study the gentle giants of the sea in order to gain some badly needed wisdom. We should try and scrutinize whalesong, searching for the advanced codes that must be there, in order to advance the science of mathematics and philosophy. There was even a popular science fiction movie where some incredibly heavy-handed irony was employed as whales saved the human race from extinction.
Most of this could be dismissed as originating from the fringe. But there was no denying that the favorite weapon in the Liberal arsenal was brought to bear in the struggle for public opinion. If you disagreed then you’d be labeled as an uncaring, morally deficient jerk.
All of this was brought to mind when I read this news story. It seems that some schoolchildren in Japan can enjoy whale meat for their school lunch.
This isn’t new. Both Norway and Japan have tried for decades to increase the number of whales that they harvest every year. They’ve been partially successful, but there have been some that call for the removal of the ban because most whale species can no longer be considered endangered. In fact, there appears to be no realistic justification for continueing the ban, and there hasn’t been such a justification for at least a decade.
What is the reaction from the Left? Pretty much what you expect, except that they voice a great deal of disdain for the commercial aspects of whaling as well as all the moral outrage.
I find that to be rather ironic, considering that the treaty which originally set up the whaling ban made no bones that the main concern was to protect an economic resource.
So what is my position? Let me just say that I’m very curious to see what whale meat tastes like. I’d already know except it’s so expensive that I can’t afford to find out.