Blog #1: Tuna’s End: The Fate of the Bluefin, the Oceans and Us
Paul Greenberg’s article in the June 27, 2010 New York Time’s Magazine discusses the perilous fate of the Bluefin Tuna (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/magazine/27Tuna-t.html(Links to an external site.)).
The conclusion of the article states:
“Perhaps people will never come to feel about a tuna the way they have come to feel about whales. Whales are, after all, mammals: they have large brains; they nurse their young, and breed slowly. All of that ensconces them in a kind of empathic cocoon, the warmth of which even the warmest-blooded tuna may never occupy. But what we can perhaps be persuaded to feel, viscerally, is that industrial fishing as it is practiced today against the bluefin and indeed against all the world’s great fish, the very tigers and lions of our era, is an act unbefitting our sentience. An act as pointless, small-minded and shortsighted as launching a harpoon into the flank of a whale.”
Read the article and then comment on the plausibility of an international environmental regime to save the species. Is it possible? Is it necessary? Do you agree that the development of such a regime would be more difficult in comparison to whales?
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