In a free market, if whales became scarce, then the price would go up, prompting some to catch and maybe raise whales in order to reap the huge profits. After all, if you can get a good supply when prices are high, you stand to make a huge profit. The market will keep the species around.
What happens if you outlaw it? Well obviously raising whales would be impossible logistically. How hard is it to find a whale, let alone a whale farm? So you'll create a black market for whales, and since there is no way to really take advantage of the high prices by increasing the supply, you'll put the animals at the brink of extinction.
Just basically a summary and application of a video from John Stossel I saw once.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
What's the problem with the whales today? They're considered a "precious" resource that shouldn't be owned by anyone. Thus, no one owns them, and no one is willing to go out of their way to protect them effectively.
How to fix this?
Capitalism, of course.
Under international law allow pods of whales to be auctioned for commercial ownership. The owners of the pods will be free to use those herds as they wish.
Very few people, and I mean practically no one, who own breeding livestock, will slaughter the entire herd so there's no chance of profit in the next season.
If Green Piece wins the bid, probably in a consortium with the Nature Conservancy, the whales don't get hunted at all.
Any other sensible investor will harvest only enough to maintain stable populations.
Asking a socialist to abandon his failing policies and accepting the successful policies of capitalism is as effective as asking the Ayatollah to accept Jesus Christ as his one and only Savior.
Invest the Whales!
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.
I would love to see one of the Japanese vessels harpoon the captain of the activists right off the deck of his ship and reel him in for research--he's quite a fat whale himself.
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Cicero Marcus Tullius
Just subscribing for this thread. I'll start whining and crying when e.g., the blue whale, extincts.
Makes sense to conduct scientific research Japan is so famous for. There's a lot of money in the tourist part of it, of idiots like me who love to see these majestic creatures.