Rebuttal: How many whales should be sold to the highest bidder? None.

Minke whales waiting to be flensed on the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru during a whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. c. IFAWIn a ‘comment’ posted on Nature.com, authors Christopher Costello, Leah R. Gerber and Steven Gaines argue the creation of a ‘whale conservation market’ might, assuming proper quotas; “reduce the number of whales harvested” under the guise of science from the world’s whale populations.

This isn't a new proposal. It's a warmed-over wacky idea that's been around since the 1960s and hasn't improved with age.

Rather than devising ways to throw this dying and anachronistic industry a lifeline or put a price on the head of protected whales, we need to encourage Japan, Norway and Iceland, the last three countries still killing whales for commercial purposes, to finally join the emerging global consensus for whale conservation.

Why would anyone give whaling a commercial value which simply does not exist? The International Fund for Animal Welfare believes that all whales should be protected from this cruel and unnecessary practice.

No whales should be sold off to the highest bidder.

IFAW urges Japan, Norway and Iceland to end whaling once and for all. Responsible whale watching is a sustainable and economically viable industry which, as we’ve shown, is better for whales and people living in coastal communities.

Innovative ideas and new, creative approaches to the "whale wars" are urgently needed, but this one is better suited to a freshman year economics bull session than the serious ongoing global campaign to end illegal whaling.

--PR

Read more about the International Fund for Animal Welfare effort to increase whale watching activities around the world.

Comments: 9

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

does anyone know a website with whaling debates

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

How or why is it that people just can not leave well enough alone? Whales and seals live
out in the middle of nowhere so i see the need for these sick morons to go half way around the world just so they can kill some poor animal just to make some money. Since
when did money become more important then some poor animals life? Grow up people
these animals have a right to live to, so leave them alone

Janine E

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

If we're going to assign an arbitrary dollar value for whales then base it on the world-wide success of the whale watching tourism industry which continues to grow.

Whales are worth more alive than dead.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

It's quite a clever idea. really, and just in time as the Japanese authorities are getting a bit reluctant to continue subsidising whalers to produce meat no one wants. This way the whalers actually get money without having to do any work for it. And within it, a sort of mutated Ponzi scheme. Following in the footsteps of wheezes to save the economy: Civil Society pays the bankers who destroy the resource and they get their bonuses without working for them.
Great stuff; just what University education is for. Sidney Holt.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Wrong metaphores. The point is that people value whales in different ways. We can endlessly continue this argument, which has raged for decades with whaling increases. Or, we can recognize that there is far more power in the fact that most people on the planet value whales more alive than those who value them as food. This idea merely exploits this difference in values to save far more whales than moral arguments ever will. We need to exploit the fact that we could be saving many more whales by harnessing the value of whales to end whaling rather than continuing the largely fruitless approaches we've used for the past decades. Sometimes there are things you can actually learn from a freshman economics class.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

end it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is a horrible picture!! why would people want to do that to animals? well we dont!!!!!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

this is discusting and i belive this should be illegal!! its horrible!!

 
James Kinney
2 years ago

Good rebuttal. This scheme is more than wacky, it's organized blackmail: I'll stop slaughtering whales when you give me enough money. Extended to other areas, its craziness becomes even more obvious: I'll stop polluting your drinking water if you give me enough money; I'll stop poaching elephants for their ivory when you pay me to do so.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

end whaling!!!!!!!!!!

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