This is an interesting story. A Native American tribe called the Makah wants to resume their cultural tradition of whaling after 20 years of their case being in limbo. They have a treaty that allows them to go whaling, but it’s been all tied up in the courts as the government has been sorting it out. Animal rights activists argue that the practice is unnecessary and that the Makah tribe can still celebrate this aspect of their history through whale watching. Members of the tribe in favor of whaling long for the day when they can once again enjoy the savory taste of whale meat and share it with their loved ones around the fire.
Curious to get everyone’s thoughts. We live in a culture that wants to accommodate both Native American rights and animal rights. They often go hand in hand, but this appears to be a case where they conflict.
(Two Makah Indian whalers stand atop the carcass of a dead gray whale moments after helping tow it close to shore in the harbor at Neah Bay, Wash., in 1999. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)