Originally Posted by Pirates Armada
i think they are just trying to piss everyone off.
I think it's commerce that drives this. Here's a link from 4 years ago:
Whalemeat was the current day equivalent of $24.20 a kilo (2.2 pounds) then.
A whale can be worth 100's of thousands of $$$ when presented on a plate in Tokyo.
This is nothing to do with tradition or research - that's the excuse. This is a commercial fishery.