Here is what Tim Flannery reckons:
When, in the concluding chapters of The Future Eaters
(1994), Flannery discusses how to "utilise our few renewable resources in the least destructive way", he remarks that
A far better situation for conservation in Australia would result from a policy which allows exploitation of
all of our biotic heritage, provided that it all be done
in a sustainable manner[I]. ... f it is possible to harvest for example, 10 mountain pygmy-possums (Burramys parvus) or 10 southern right whales (Balaena glacialis) per year, why should we not do it? ... Is it more moral to kill and consume a whale, without cost to the environment, than to live as a vegetarian in Australia, destroying seven kilograms of irreplaceable soil, ... for each kilogram of bread we consume?
In late 2007, Flannery suggested that the Japanese whaling
involving the relatively common Minke Whale
may be sustainable
In terms of sustainability, you can't be sure that the Japanese whaling is entirely unsustainable... It's hard to imagine that the whaling would lead to a new decline in population
This raised concerns among some environmental groups such as Greenpeace,
fearing it could add fuel
to the Japanese wish of continuing its annual cull.