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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


Aug 23, 2017 Jan Clare
Aug 22, 2017 Hanni Gennat
Aug 22, 2017 Shona Steere
Aug 22, 2017 Cynthia Marrs
Aug 22, 2017 Kathryn Robertson
Aug 22, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Aug 22, 2017 Diane Kadomoto
Aug 22, 2017 julio montes
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2017 Anne Yeoman
Aug 21, 2017 Wendy Kasprzyk
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 Kathy Aprile
Aug 20, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 20, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Aug 18, 2017 Bjørn Skarbø
Aug 18, 2017 Lisa Frey Japan needs to be held accountable!
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 16, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 14, 2017 melissa mortenson
Aug 12, 2017 Kristine Wigand
Aug 11, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Aug 10, 2017 Diana Zimmerman
Aug 10, 2017 Tom Rarey
Aug 10, 2017 Ellen Seeherman
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2017 Astrid Hartwig
Aug 8, 2017 Denise Griffin Please don't allow Japan to continue "murdering" whales under the guise of research. I am quite sure they have "murdered" enough whales for their scientific research to be conducted for years.
Aug 8, 2017 Eri Sugino
Aug 8, 2017 Alison McGregor
Aug 8, 2017 James PEARSON
Aug 8, 2017 p[ P Wasn't dumping radioactive waste from Fukushima into the Pacific enough?
Aug 8, 2017 Juliet waldron Please give up this practice before these wise and lovely animals become extinct.
Aug 8, 2017 Donna Bradley
Aug 8, 2017 Rob Croft
Aug 8, 2017 R.A. Dayton
Aug 8, 2017 Chris Depee
Aug 8, 2017 Karene Gora
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 8, 2017 Kathy Hatcher
Aug 8, 2017 Donna Marie Enough!
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Renae McKeon Whales belong to all of us and you using 'scientific research' as a sham to kill them so you can profit from their deaths is appalling. True scientists observe their subjects in the wild, where they belong. Stop hunting whales!
Aug 7, 2017 julie wiebe
Aug 7, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 7, 2017 Sandra VanHorn
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) More proof of human stupidity. Japan has nothing to boast about, so they have to kill innocent animals to be noticed. How totally pathetic!!
Aug 7, 2017 Justine Boneberg

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