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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 23, 2017 Leela Beaudry
May 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) It is important to recognize the value of all life. If we continue to destroy without any thought the world will be a less beautiful place. The whales are beautiful creatures and deserve our respect.
May 21, 2017 Genevieve Mathis
May 21, 2017 Barry Frederick Baudains
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Susan Bain Please stop! This is inhumane and UNNECESSARY!!!
May 19, 2017 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
May 19, 2017 Mike Anderson
May 19, 2017 amelia vitale
May 19, 2017 Anne Bekkers
May 17, 2017 Richard Bosboom
May 17, 2017 Richard Bosboom
May 17, 2017 James Herther
May 17, 2017 Deborah Stull
May 16, 2017 leslie shellberg
May 15, 2017 Pirja Pallasmaa
May 15, 2017 Artur Xavier
May 13, 2017 S Hawthorne
May 12, 2017 Kristina Sedic
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2017 caroline earnshaw
May 10, 2017 Linda Phillips
May 10, 2017 Katherine A SWmith there is a morality issue here. don't the Japanese still don't get morality?
May 10, 2017 Lix Tuls lixl0000000@gmail.com
May 10, 2017 donna hughes-doyle
May 10, 2017 Sławomir Prucnal
May 9, 2017 Evelio Pina
May 6, 2017 Vasil Tsoukis
May 6, 2017 Deirdre Williams I would like to see an open season on the bastards that kill the majestic creatures
May 5, 2017 James Brown
May 5, 2017 Glenna Harris Do NOT kill any whales. And that is as in PERIOD. They have as much right to live on this planet as man. They are not here to be a source of money for cruel perpetrators. BAN whaling forever.
May 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2017 wendy Hawthorne
May 5, 2017 Karen Schnitzer Please close the loophole and stop Japan from murdering whales for food!
May 5, 2017 Brian Pike
May 4, 2017 Laura Normandin-Bellefeuille
May 3, 2017 Ildiko Gyarmati
May 3, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2017 Christy Lawrence
Apr 30, 2017 Heather Fadden
Apr 26, 2017 valerie brown
Apr 26, 2017 joann stonebridge barbaric.....
Apr 26, 2017 carol carlson
Apr 24, 2017 Toni Garcia
Apr 23, 2017 Arlene Benson
Apr 21, 2017 Jewell Batway
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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