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I have checked up on this incident. Apparently, it was an ugly accident which may have been engendered by the reckless decision of this crew to hunt in bad weather. It has been condemned as unacceptable both by whaling inspectors and by other whalers.

In my opinion, the captain of this crew should lose his license. I don't know if this has happened, or will.

Such accidents are rare. It was documented in 2002, when every whaling boat had an inspector with a stop watch on board, that 80% of the animals die within seconds. That said, the fact that these things occur is a valid argument against whaling - unlike, in my opinion, any of the other considerations you have presented, which seem to me red herrings.

It is not enough to make me change my position, though, given that unacceptable accidents occur in all hunting, and even in all slaughter. Thousands of chickens were boiled alive in an accident last year; I personally still eat chicken. Hopefully, standards will continue to improve in both departments, making such incidents more and more infrequent, although it's unrealistic to expect them to never occur.

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by Sirocco (sirocco2005ATgmail.com) on Sat Aug 27th, 2005 at 03:25:49 PM EST
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