you grew up watching the classic film “Free Willy”,
then you can appreciate the awesome news we have to tell you ~
-‘though it does come with a history lesson of events for those who had no idea of what’s been happening at all.
“Whaling”, can you believe it’s even a term? For centuries mankind has hunted whales.
Whaling “was practiced as an organized industry as early as 875 AD.” – (according to wikipedia), By the late 1930s more than 50,000 whales were killed annually.
Yes some countries have banned it, and lets not get lost in the details, (but if you do wish to learn more of the details the Wikipedia page is constantly updated.)
In Men and Whales, Richard Ellis wrote of how whaling used to be considered admirable. –
“…only through the lens of hindsight that the whaleman’s job becomes malicious or cruel. . .Oil was needed for light and lubrication; baleen was needed for skirt hoops and corset stays. That whales had to die to provide these things is a fact of seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century life. . .“
Interestingly, although we need Whales for nothing in our practical way of life today, they are still hunted.
-In this case – wanted alive.
Whales are caught for a intercontinental slave trade of one of the most self aware and social beings on the planet.
(~ if not THE most).
It was discovered – thanks to the technology of remote controlled drones– that shoreline “fishing” companies in Russian had been capturing Whales alive – in order to sell to Chinese “renters” for public amusement in aquariums.
According to The Telegraph, these marine parks will pay upwards of $6 million for a whale.
Due to the nature of the trade, and that they were licensed under “renting” over timed incarceration of these noble sentient being’s lives, commercial whaling to-catch-alive for slavery is completely legal through a slip in the cracks of the law for Russia ~ and Russian officials were at a loss for what to do about it.