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The 2000's
Whaling Controversy

The 2000's
The 2000's

Whaling Controversy
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.48

     challenging words:    minke, sustainably, hand-held, collision, provision, overturn, twentieth, explanation, yearly, commercial, banned, favor, harpoon, dispute, economy, humpback
     content words:    Sea Shepherd, International Whaling Commission, Whaling Commission, United States, Arctic Sunrise, Nisshin Maru, South America

Whaling Controversy
By Sharon Fabian

1     For centuries, whaling has been an important tradition in Japan, but in modern times Japan has come into conflict with environmentalists who are campaigning to save the whales.
2     Whaling in Japan goes back to the time when a sharp hand-held harpoon was the main tool of the trade. Whalers with harpoons did little damage to the whale population as a whole.
3     In the twentieth century, powerful ships and whaling guns gave whalers a huge advantage over the whales. Whale populations declined, and many whales became endangered.
4     Environmental groups, including Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, called for an end to whaling. They said that many types of whales were in danger of becoming extinct. The blue whale, the humpback whale, the fin whale, and the right whale are just some of the endangered whale species.

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