Originally Posted by Pirates Armada
It isn't the 1600's anymore.
Amen to that.
But it seems to be the reasoning of the Japanese whale eaters and more - my ancestors did, therefore so shall I.
Yeah well, your ancestors also only lived to about 45, 5 out of 10 kids died before they were 2, many women died in childbirth and the king would most probably make you go to war (where you would most likely die) to fill his treasure chest.
Tradition - worst reason in the world to keep crap things going.