Why is Western people inclined to be fond of whales? And why do you think whaling should be banned?
We almost wiped them out last century. There is not a single product that can't be made without killing a whale.
Whales are big. Whales are slippery. Whales blow bubbles under water. Whales are our friends. Please don't hurt the whales.
"Is" they? People choose. Who would like them to be more intelligent?
We believe in saving endangered species, especially the ones who are smarter than all too many of us.
Possibly for the same reason libcrusher is inclined to be fond of BBC.