At the time of the declaration of the whaling moratorium, there was a consensus that whale stocks were dangerously low.
I just want to add that Japan decided to stop hunting whales due to uncertainties in stock estimates. Now that we know that the whale spicies which Japan wants to hunt are not endangered there is no reason for opposing Japans whale hunt.
Substinance whaling was grounds for such an exception, and therefore it became necessary to demonstrate the need for whale meat for survival to obtain such an exemption.
Putting lables like this is typical imperialistic. You can whale but not you because you need it? Some Japanese need it to just as much as anyone else in the world.
The reason why Inuits and other Native Americans are not as criticised by the west is because the Nobel Savage mentality still exists among alot of people which intself is a racist attitude. Or they look at these people as primitive so they can whales but not Japan. Or because Inuits have had their culture destroyed they can whale but not Japan. Or they need it for their survival but once they do not need it for their survivial then they should not be allowed to hunt whales.
All these opinions which are very common are racist.