There is no culturally significant reason for killing whales, I don’t care what the Japanese government says…and apparently my opinion is shared by Wired blogger Tony Long.
I am already against the native cultural “tradition” of killing whales, but so long as it is a couple a year hunted using traditional methods, I guess I have to live with it. But a dozen diesel powered whaling ships with radar, GPS, and rocket powered explosive harpoons kinda stretch any conceivable notion of “tradition”.
If I had the funds, I’d be giving some serious thought to getting my own submarine and doing my own kind of “traditional hunting”. And maybe there would be a few less Japanese whaling ships to find gainful employ for next year.