I knew Eskimos were still allowed to hunt Whales. But what I didn't know was they were using explosives to do it! Now, they are using a more humane method instead of 19th Century black powder
- even better bombs!!
Now Native whaling captains are using a harpoon-launched grenade loaded with penthrite, a World War I-era explosive used in demolition. "It's four times the strength of black powder. With black powder, the meat has a gas taste."
This new method is actually indeed more humane, as the length it takes for the whale to die is now 1/4 the time it once was. "We have a position that no whaling is humane," said Patricia Forkhan, president of Humane Society International. "But Alaska Natives have worked a long time toward a more humane and efficient hunt, and we've been supportive. If penthrite is working, that's good."
Pictured below: The new Eskimo Whale Hunting Vessel