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  •  Of course, if the indigenous peoples who are (1+ / 0-)
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    doing the whaling in the US were banned from doing so, that would generate outrage from an entire different faction of "progressives" . . ..  

    Anyways, as your diary so proudly proclaims, Iceland doesn't have any indigenous peoples, so I'm not sure how comparable the two situations are.

    In any event, I'm mostly pro-whaling - so I was mildly amused by the vehemence of your reply, it seemed like I really touched a nerve of some type.

    •  Rei can dish out the per-capita stats.. (0+ / 0-)

      ..but can't take them.

      When extra-terrestrial beings make their first appearance on our planet, and ask for representatives of our species to best exemplify humanity, I'm sending a nurse, a librarian, and a firefighter.

      by Wayward Son on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:29:24 AM PST

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    •  I'm pretty used to hearing criticism from (0+ / 0-)

      Americans on the subject of whaling and never seen a "mostly pro-whaling" person bring up Icelandic whaling before, so my apologies if I misunderstood your intent.

      •  Well, the numbers seem to be that (1+ / 0-)
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        Icelanders are harvesting about 0.2% of the population when the increase is about 2 to 3% a year - i.e., in a sustainable manner.  Btw, the Alaskans who are into whaling take something like 50 out of 10,000 whales each year (slightly more on a percentage basis - but debatably sustainably).

        This is perhaps like in Africa where elephants are hunted by rich foreigners - with the idea that the locals will preserve the populations (i.e., prevent poaching) for this more lucrative endpoint.    Again, there's some debate and controversy on that approach (yeah, it definitely gives one a queasy feeling, but if it works when nothing else does, well - gotta give it a shot).

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