After that trip on whale watching, the author began to see why anti-whaling activists get so bothered by those who flout the international ban on whaling. In Norway's case, it simply exempts itself from the International Whaling Commission's moratorium and continues to hunt commercially. In Japan's age, the nation issues scientific permits to allow whaling for research purposes. Any country can do this, but only Japan actually does. Ultimately, my protest against whaling remains confined to a snarky editorial, but there are groups willing to go to extreme measures.