Thursday, December 17, 2009

Save the Whales: Collect Them All!

Ah, to be a part of a culture whose beliefs the government accepts and supports. I know not everyone is going to appreciate our ways, with our love, devotion, and decorating talents. But, I mean, at least we are not slaughtering endangered species and threatening the delicate biodiversity of our world. Surely THAT would be frowned upon.

Hmm, just checked in with the rare and spectacular whales of the North Pacific. Through all the clicking and moaning, I was able to gather that nope, that's not the case at all. Since 1931, the U.S. has partially exempted itself from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Specifically, this treaty placed a moratorium on all whaling, sighting the endangerment and near extinction of virtually all whalies. Yet two states permit a handful of Americans to motor right through this law. Because of the historic traditions of ten North Pacific American Indian tribes, the United States government turns a bling eye as they hunt the endangered creatures. Now, if only these tribes still used traditional hunting methods, rather than tearing through whales with sophisticated and highly mechanized modern artillery . . .

The tradition of whale hunting gives this small sector of the American community stability, identity, and dignity. These are clearly inalienable rights that the governments of Alaska and Washington can't seem to deny their Native American tribes. Too bad those same states won't extend inalienable rights to their gay citizens.

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