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Its good to see the press are still ready to question commercial whaling.

Part of the strategy of Icelandic whalers has been to target tourists, but it seems that the Editorial Board of the New York Times are ready to stand up for whales both in Iceland and closer to home in the USA, Hawaii.

On the issue of Iceland the Times says, ‘The nonwhaling nations — the United States and rest of the world, that is — must protest this new hunt’.

It seems that fisherman off Hawaii have called for Humpback whales to be delisted on the US Endangered Species Act. One has to ask why?

The New York times believes its because the fishermen want to roll back the endangered species laws in case they are applied to their fish at some stage. The Times says, ‘Their plea has less to do with the humpbacks than with limiting the reach of the endangered species laws. But as we’ve learned, there is no such thing as too much protection for a recovering species. Whales of every species need all the protection they can get. ‘