Dornin 98—award winning journalist with nearly 30 years experience in radio and television (Rusty, “Despite protests, Indian tribe plans to resume whaling,” CNN, 8/29, http://www.cnn.com/TECH/science/9808/29/whale.wars/)//FJ
Critics also say allowing the tribe to kill for cultural reasons and not for subsistence will open the door for Japan and Norway to resume whaling. "This isn't a hunt that's going to kill just four or five gray whales," said Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. "The repercussions of this will have an effect on tens of thousands of whales that will be killed by the Japanese and Norwegians."
2NC A-J Relations – Link – AT: No Cultural Ties=No Quota
Even if the Japanese don’t have cultural ties to whaling, the plan would still allow them to gain an exemption – distinctions are lost in IWC politics and Makah whaling will be used as evidence that whale populations are strong enough to allow for commercial whaling.
Walker 99—assistant professor at the University of Oregon (Peter, “COMMENTARY: MAKAH WHALING ALSO A POLITICAL ISSUE,” Whale and Dolphin Conservation, 6/2, http://us.whales.org/news/1999/06/commentary-makah-whaling-also-political-issue)//FJ
IN THE DEBATE over the recent killing of a gray whale by the Makah Tribe of Washington state, both animal rights advocates and defenders of Native American culture present strong moral arguments. But the debate has largely ignored the important political implications of the hunt. Specifically, will the Makah hunt be used as a wedge to break international protections against whaling? And what does the Makah hunt say about the role of "tradition" and culture in our social choices? No reasonable person denies that the Makah have suffered deep cultural losses, nor that the whale is an important part of their culture. The question is whether killing whales is indispensable for revitalizing Makah culture and whether this goal outweighs the moral and political costs. There is much more at stake than the five whales per year that the Makah have permission to kill.Makah whaling providesa powerful tool for Japanese, Norwegian, Icelandic and Russian whalerswho want toexpand whaling globally. At the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission that opened last week, Japan accused the U.S. government of hypocrisy for endorsing the Makah hunt and even subsidizing it with a $310,000 grant while rejecting Japan's petition to allow "traditional" Japanese whaling. The two are not the same: The Makah have a responsible management plan based on cultural needs, whereas Japan barely disguises its commercial motives. But these distinctionsare lost in the global politics of whaling. The Makah hunt plays perfectly into the hands of the Japanese and other whaling countries who use loopholes such as "scientific research" to continue commercial hunting. The whaling nations believe the Makah case will add "cultural need" to the list of loopholes they can exploit. That's why the Japanese offered financial support for the Makah hunt (which the Makah, mindful of being perceived as pawns of the Japanese, declined). Moreover, the Makah hunt is being used by the Japanese and others as evidence that whale populations globally are strong enough to end the ban on commercial whaling (scientists disagree).