Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Note that explosive harpoons are not the only means used to catch whales.
The harpooning for Dummies writer, Shelley Batts says about the International Whaling Commission documents on harpooning:
And I said mammal, avoiding the upcoming uproar on whether fish feel pain.
Essentially, what they are saying is that while explosive harpoons are agreed upon to be effective and lethal, whether or not they are humane or quick is still not known. In addition, with explosive harpoons are recommended, they are by no means the only method used. Methods described here in the 2003 Report of the Workshop on Whale Killing Methods and Associated Welfare Issues in Berlin listed hand-held harpoons, cannon harpoons, aboriginal dart guns, and even rifles shot at whales.