Why were so many species of whales hunted to or close to extinction?

Pretty sick job too.... couldn't these people just be regular fishermen? That's really mean.

Asked By: Ajay B - 9/18/2011
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
So letting fish suffocate in nets is not mean? Or how about slaughtering a cow ... that is a wonderful job. Whales were mainly hunted for their blubber (fat). Their fat was used for fuel predominantly, and other uses (including food especially for traditional people). Money was the reason for their exploitation.
Answered By: mintie_boy - 9/18/2011
Additional Answers (3)
the answer is simple God gave mankind dominyon over the animails . we have failed so badly i think we would have to have worked at messing up to do a worse job. humans are like an illness on this earth we kill or damage everything. the earth would be in perfect shape if we were not here... More
Answered By: Spencer Emerson - 9/18/2011
If you look at that do this(Japan) a whale hunter would have a heck of a time getting a normal fishing permit-these permits,being limited, are jealously guarded by local fishing villages who need the permits to make a living. Japan has had a Great Recession for 20 years now,and has chronic and serious unemployment,... More
Answered By: RingOfFire - 9/18/2011
Read the Tragedy of the Commons. by Garrett Hardin for a general answer. It's a relatively short essay... More
Answered By: ΩikΩσ - 9/21/2011
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