Gosh, where have I been? For the last 40 years the whole topic of whaling, in any positive light, has generally been taboo in my family. When I was eight I received a toy whaling ship as a birthday gift, complete with whales on deck being "processed". Dad let me keep the ship, but pried the whales off the deck. I think if he had had time he would have substituted containers in their place.
The only possible exception to the ban on whaling in my family would have been for aboriginal tribes such as the Aleuts, etc. Have whale numbers finally come up enough where we can consider nudging on a ban?
Recently in the Sandwich Isles I saw a great number of humpbacks, porpoises, etc, but not nearly enough for my liking. More recently I was able to enjoy watching "K pod" while coming through Lopez Pass in the San Juans but still didn't see as many as I would have liked to have seen, -not that they're being hunted
When I first saw this topic I had some visions of cruisers
shooting at whales for pleasure
with rifles or hand guns. Glad to see this wasn't the case.
If whale populations have recovered sufficiently to allow some culling, I could possibly understand. Elk and deer were cited as an example of another species in this thread. Colorado at the turn of the last century had only one elk and no deer sighted during an entire year. The population had been so impacted by commercial hunting there simply weren't any left. Herds were brought in from Wyoming to resupply and a ban was put into effect for over 40 years. By contrast, There are so many elk and deer in some regions of Colorado now 107 years later that they can actually be considered a pest and are a major road hazard. Since Rocky Mtn. National Park can't be opened for hunting, professionals have been brought in. If there is any doubt of the need for this, check the condition of the animals and the land, -Animals starving and land overgrazed.
I just don't really see a similarity as so far I can't see how humpbacks could "overgraze" and I still don't see as many as I'd like to.