You first think whales should not be killed at all, but your backup is a conservation position with cultural heritage exceptions right?
Not quite. I will fight to see that NO whales are killed . If it is learned that sustainable killing can occure and I cannot stem the international pressure with unceasing acts of civil disobedience, then I will step back and try to affect a "harvest" rate that is somewhat less than a purely replacement number.(Remember I reluctnatly agreed that the Innuit must be allowed to continue their hunting)
HOWEWVER, NO argument can be made for the Japanese cynical argument that its a cultural dietary thing. AS we all agreed, the Meiji ate whale and the Japanese fleet was only modernized enough to take on deep ocean whale hunting in the late 1800's SInce post WWII, (under our own leadership) we opened the whale induatry fro the common Japanese pwrson to indulge in whale sushi. THAT I DONT BUY AT ALL. I say , let em learn to farm Minkes if they want this meat or we should really raise the prices of their truly sustainable seafoods that we and many nations provide to JApan, like Sardine Row and Urchin roe, and sea cucumber, and shark fin (dont get me going on shark fin "heritage")
My fallback is a reluctant one that I, at this point, only bring up so that you know my last stand ditch effort. Right now, whaling Verboten!! and Ill keep sending my cash to the 'Shepherds. Theyve already saved over 1500 minkes in the last few years, juast by standing between the harpoon and the target.
SO remember what I said:
I may have to accept some degree of whaling
I MAY not that I DO. Right now its a fight for a threatened series of species