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|"[W]haling has become one of the things that just is not done anymore. Because the world's whaling ships hunted whales almost to extinction 100 years ago, whales occupy a special place in our conscience. Protecting whales has become one of our civilization's most noble undertakings."
US Congressman Jack Metcalf on Makah whaling, to the House of Representatives, 27/3/98.
"Whaling is ... universally accepted as an inhumane activity, which meets no pressing human need, which has proved to be impossible to regulate throughout its long history, and which has brought many whale populations to the brink of extinction."
"It is a certainty that the whales will talk about you in the same vein as Jews now talk of Nazis. For in the eyes of whalekind, there is little difference between the behaviour of the monsters of the Reich and the monsters behind the harpoon."
in 1975 a whale looked me in my eye and spared my life. His gift .. leaves me with a life-long obligation to serve and protect whalekind. Towards this end, I could and most probably will die happy
I know that my actions will guarantee that I will make a great ancestor to my childrens great grandchildren and a hero to all the children of tomorrow."