Some species were endangered when full scale commercial whaling was taking place. Since that was banned whale populations have increased significantly. The argument against reintroducing commercial whaling is that the Japanese don't give a stuff and will hunt until they drop. They obviously have no regard as to whether a species becomes endangered or not. As far as I'm concerned JD, and others like him, are making claims that are false and poorly researched. When presented with evidence that contradict their claims, they choose to simply ignore it. One last time I'll say it. Claims of research by the Japanese are lies and they are naive to expect anyone to take them seriously. But I guess that matters zilch to anyone who has no problems looking you in the eye and lying. The truth or not of their statements matter little to them. You're entitled to your opinion LH as to whether to kill and eat animals. Call me soft and sentimental if you like, but I feel the opposite to you and that is one of the motivations for the continuation of my posting to this thread. The Japanese will be down in the southern oceans again soon and the protesters will be there as well. The rumours of the Japanese govt sending a naval vessel as protection for the whalers, if true, will only add spice to the confrontations.