Scores of animal rights activists raised their voice for a special marine animal this weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times
Self-described "whale-huggers" coordinated at least 16 protests along the California coast in order to appeal the 1986 commercial whaling moratorium. While the law aims to decrease the number of whales killed every year, it also looks the other way when other methods, such as holding scientific research permits, are used.
"Can we stop gang violence by allowing some gang warfare? The answer is no," Joel R. Reynolds, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the news source.
The three countries that currently hunt whales are Japan, Iceland and Norway.
"We've been doing this too long, and now we're going to do it all over again. It's very tiresome," John Perry, a sculptor who once created a 110 foot humpback whale balloon, told the news source.
According to GreenPeace.org, the blue whales of the Antarctic are at less than one percent than their original abundance. The organization also reports that there are only 100 West Pacific grey whales left in the world.