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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


Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Candi Gaona
Apr 14, 2018 Andrea Howard
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Lin Clarke
Apr 14, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 12, 2018 Ben Cachola
Apr 11, 2018 catherine king-chuparkoff
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Veronica Cox
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
Apr 10, 2018 Sandy Lynch
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 9, 2018 Helen Smylie
Apr 8, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
Apr 7, 2018 Boris Lerner
Apr 6, 2018 Lisa McCloughan Please close the loophole and stop Japan's flagrant abuse and disregard and continued commercial whaling.
Apr 6, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Apr 5, 2018 Mariah Oyondi
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Downs Japan has to stop Whaling if they don't we will see them becoming extinct.
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Lane Page
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Apr 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 4, 2018 Sibyl Forsberg
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 2, 2018 christine resch
Apr 1, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 30, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 29, 2018 Brian Martin
Mar 29, 2018 Christine Freytag
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 29, 2018 Donna Griffin
Mar 29, 2018 Olga Sebok
Mar 29, 2018 Marleen Neus
Mar 29, 2018 Jánosné Sebők
Mar 28, 2018 Brea Viragh
Mar 28, 2018 Katarzyna Weiss
Mar 27, 2018 WENDY LEVY
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 dymphna agos
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 janese hexon
Mar 26, 2018 Judy Centineo
Mar 26, 2018 Vittorio Renda

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