Traditional Purposes of Whaling
Whale oil was one of the main products from whales at the time after the blubber was boiled. Traditionally there were many uses for it as it could be used in various ways as well as being able to be used for the making of many products. Some of the many uses for whale oil include being used for:
Purposes of Whaling Nowadays
These days, the purpose of whaling has greatly varied with some countries hunting whales even though it is banned throughout the world.One of the main countries which contribute to modern whaling even though it is banned is Japan. This is done legally as they claim the purpose of their actions is scientific whaling.
Hunting for scientific purposes often being termed as scientific whaling is something whaling countries use as a cover for their actual intent of commercial whaling. With the governments such as the Japanese government issuing permits throughout Japan where many whalers have taken advantage of this as it allows them to kill over 1400 whales from the ocean including many endangered species of whales such as fin whales, humpback whales, Sei Whales and sperm whales. However, there is much controversy surrounding the truthfulness of scientific whaling as countries such as the Japanese government desperately trying to back themselves up as they defend themselves by saying that the purpose of their research was to "examine the impact of whales on the fisheries resources of the North Pacific" as well as studying whaling "requires more than photography and non-lethal testing to adequately study whales and their habits".
Nowadays countries who still continue whaling these days such as Japan also back themselves up by saying that the purpose of whaling is to stabilise fish populations. With their reason being that whales consume the same fish that humans do which may lead to an adverse effect on our ecosystem.