To whale or not to whale

It is sad how limited the choices are. The IWC wants to allow whaling, but hopes to control it to keep the count down. Naturally, the whaling countries such as Japan will take that as a fig leaf for their whale harvesting and try to bend the law and find every loophole to kill more than is allowed. Some idealists, not in a good sense, think this situation is somehow something to be optimistic about. That is a stretch.