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Japan is at it again.

After a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in March 2014 shut down Japan's previous whaling operations for a year, the fleet has returned to the Pacific Ocean to continue its whaling operations.

Japan is able to continue its whaling program by exploiting a loophole in the founding treaty of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which allows whaling for "scientific research." Japan claims that its new program is purely for research, but the purpose of their so-called research is to pursue "sustainable utilization." Meaning Japan is using the guise of scientific research to explore the ways it can continue to whale commercially.

Japan has an abysmal record in how the whales it kills are used for scientific research. According to findings by the ICJ, from 2005 to 2014, Japan's previous program killed about 3,600 minke whales. The total body of research output from these kills resulted in just two studies based on data on nine whale specimens. This astoundingly small body of research could not justify the slaughter of 3,600 minke whales.

Clearly, Japan is using the guise of scientific research to continue its state-sponsored commercial whaling without regard for the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, the rulings of the International Whaling Commission, or the International Court of Justice. According to The Diplomat, whaling is supported in Japan because of its cultural traditions in the practice. But cultural pride alone is not enough to justify inhumane traditions.

Whales need your help to prevent them from being victims of an unnecessary, prideful, and cruel industry. Tell the International Whaling Commission to close the loophole that allows Japan to flagrantly disregard their moratorium on commercial whaling in the name of lethal scientific research.

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To the International Whaling Commission,

I am writing to you to express my alarm and anger that Japan has chosen to continue its commercial whaling program under the guise of scientific research. Despite rulings by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) unequivocally condemning Japan's whaling program, the nation continues to sponsor this illegal and inhumane practice.

Japan flagrantly abuses a loophole in the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling that allows for whaling conducted for scientific research, but Japan's abysmal record in how the whales it kills are used for research proves the scientific research claim is false.

According to findings by the ICJ, from 2005 to 2014, Japan's previous program killed about 3,600 minke whales. The total body of research output from these kills resulted in just two studies based on research on nine whale specimens. This astoundingly small body of research can not justify the slaughter of 3,600 minke whales.

Clearly, Japan is using the guise of scientific research to continue its state-sponsored commercial whaling without regard for the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, the rulings of the International Whaling Commission, or International Court of Justice. According to The Diplomat, whaling is supported in Japan because of its cultural traditions in the practice. But cultural pride alone is not enough to justify inhumane traditions.

Please, do what you can to close the loophole in the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling that allows Japan to continue this inhumane practice.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


May 24, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
May 23, 2018 michelle dorado
May 23, 2018 Gerri Elliott
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 David Kueneman
May 22, 2018 Gerald Ryan
May 22, 2018 S Sinclaire
May 22, 2018 Anita Kuhn The killing must stop, and Japan must stop this illegal and inhumane killing under the guise of scientific research. Shame on them!
May 21, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 21, 2018 Tina Collins
May 21, 2018 Diane Parks
May 21, 2018 Diane Parks
May 21, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
May 21, 2018 Heather Huddleston
May 21, 2018 Lily Wong
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 19, 2018 laura haworth
May 17, 2018 Laura LaRocca
May 17, 2018 sylvia kurdjian
May 17, 2018 janet smith
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden
May 15, 2018 Leila Martirez
May 15, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2018 Ethelyn Barksdale
May 14, 2018 Lisa Heloskie
May 13, 2018 Joanne Thielen
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 Diane Tabbott
May 10, 2018 Joe Vaughn
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 2, 2018 Kay Fisher
May 1, 2018 Nilufer Patel
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 28, 2018 Rachel Bose
Apr 28, 2018 Janine Taylor
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 27, 2018 Kathy Nikolz
Apr 26, 2018 Clare Middlehurst
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Christie Wishon
Apr 26, 2018 Ian Milligan
Apr 26, 2018 Paul Henderson
Apr 26, 2018 Ulrika Glaser Rydberg

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