Whaling is the harvesting of free-roaming whales from the oceans and dates back to at least 6,000 BC.
Whaling and other threats have led to at least 5 of the 13 great whales being listed as endangered. Commercial whaling is subject to a moratorium by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
However, at the 2006 IWC meeting, the St Kitts and Nevis Declaration, which protests the moratorium, was adopted by a slim majority.
Whaling began in prehistoric times, and was initially confined to (near) coastal waters. Early whaling affected the development of many cultures. Although prehistoric hunting and gathering is generally considered to have low ecological impact, early whaling in the arctic altered freshwater ecology.
The development of modern whaling techniques was spurred in the 19th century by the increase in demand for whale oil, and in the 20th century by a demand for whale meat. Nantucket, MA was once the whaling capital of the world.
Even though I am only a 13 year old girl, I am so against whaling.
We say, Stop Whaling!