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The Makah Tribal Council claims that the resumption of whaling will give their people a sense of worth and identity, stop alcoholism, drug-related crime and domestic abuse. Sea Shepherd disagrees; the economic and social impacts on the Olympic region, much less the state of Washington, will greatly outweigh the cultural benefits to be had by a few for a resumed whale hunt. The Makah people are as much a part of 20th-century society as other rural Washingtonians -- they shop for the same foods and are exposed to the same cultural and societal influences as other non-native people living on the Olympic Peninsula.
A society can never evolve by adopting archaic or inhumane rituals. Progress affects everyone living in this new era of the Global Village. No legitimate argument can be made that the Makah, or any other ethnic group, can move their culture forward through ritual killing.
Sea Shepherd will continue to watch the Makah whaling proponents and will take whatever actions are necessary to prevent the blood of whales from staining the shores of Washington State. There is a possibility that the Makah will proceed with a hunt, regardless of their failure to receive IWC approval. From a public perspective, this coming year will be critical, and we need all the support -- political, activist-based, and professional -- that we can muster to fight the Makah on this issue at the IWC meeting in 1997.
We are committed to preventing the songs of the Gray whale from being silenced again.