Here's the point.
We are at the top of the food chain. We all do eat meat or have at some time. The ones who really like meat, the responsible ones, have worked out ways to farm the meat they like. Not true with whales. Probably why there have been less attacks on dolphins is because they are more in the spotlight.
If someone were to actually prove these creatures think, are smart and have the ability to communicate, well that would be a problem. Although purely SF, Avatar made the point that when people want something badly, they just make the people they want it from evil or savage. It's our history, unfortunately.
You put a whaling ship with giant harpoons against whales and it's like a stacked game. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure the outcome. Or worried about sex with dolphins.
Yes, the Japanese learn slowly - when they want to. For them it is a matter of taste and dollars, or yen in this case. But pit a whale against an Eskimo, who depends on the food and is actually practicing his culture, well that is a bit of a different spin. Different environ. In the Japanese case, it's just a delicacy, nothing more, nothing less. Some age old testosterone of man over the elements. Believe me, Japan is already surviving without the taste for whale meat.
What would any of you say if an animal could talk? Do they? Probably tons/millions of petlovers believe they do. And when their pets die, it sometimes is a bigger loss than a human family member.
Comments to this site are pretty ridiculous, in some cases. Others are just trying to make a point, maybe get some agreement and awareness. It is always a choice. Three cheers to the guy