Your analysis should be approximately 500 words in length and all sources should be cited properly using MLA format.
Information on the MLA guidelines is accessible via the Resources area of the Course Home menu. Use a standard 10-
12 pt. font and double space your paper.
For this module, you are required to complete a Written Case
Analysis which will be assessed for depth and breadth. Please read Thinking
Critically about Ethical Issues, Case 1, p. 60. Identify the moral issue(s) and
the parties involved. Discuss the moral issues you have identified in terms of
two the following: utility, duties, rights.
The Makah tribe claim to have hunted gray whales for more
than 2,000 years. They stopped in the 1920’s due to a decline in the number of
gray whales. Now they want to return to the hunt to provide food for their
tribe and to restore the young men’s sense of discipline and pride in their
traditions. Proponents of the hunt claim that a majority of the tribe support
the hunt, which is expected to take fewer than the five whales they are
permitted by law to kill. Tribal leaders claim they will take no pregnant or
nursing females. Some Makah elders disagree, however, pointing out that the
tribe survived for most of the twentieth century without eating whale meat and
claiming that there are better ways to install pride and discipline. The
environmental community argues that the whale hunt is immoral because it violates
the whales’ right to exist on the planet. Is it appropriate for nonmembers of
the Makah tribe for example, students in your class to evaluate the morality
the morality of the Makah whale hunt? Explain.