Jenkins and Romanzo 98—have a private law practice in Washington D.C., specializing in international and environmental law, and trade and the environment (*Leestefly AND **Cara, “Makah Whaling: Aboriginal Subsistence or a Stepping Stone to Undermining the Commercial Whaling Moratorium?,” Colorado Journal of Int'l Envt'l Law and Policy Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, LexisNexis, Winter 1998, http://www.lexisnexis.com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sr&csi=152950&sr=AUTHOR(Jenkins)%2BAND%2BTITLE(Makah+whaling%3A+aboriginal+subsistence+or+a+stepping+stone+to+undermining+the+commercial+whaling+moratorium%3F)%2BAND%2BDATE%2BIS%2B1998)//FJ
For over a decade, the Japanese have been unsuccessful in their attempts to receive a quota from the IWC for their alleged "cultural need," despite extremely vigorous efforts to substantiate an ongoing Japanese "cultural tradition" of whaling. These culture-based arguments have never been accepted by the IWC, and the IWC has voted against all attempts by the Japanese to receive an aboriginal or small type coastal whaling quota [*81] on this basis. n24 The IWC has not acceded to Japanese requests for a coastal community quota based only on cultural need because the issuance of such a quota would undermine not only the strict legal requirements but also the conservationist spirit of the current moratorium on commercial whaling. n25 Because the Makah claim of a "cultural need" to whale invokesvery similar slippery slope problems of legal precedent, the IWC should similarly reject the Makah petition for an ASW quota.
No continuing traditional dependence on whaling – died off a century ago and replaced by seal hunting.