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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


Jun 19, 2018 Cindy French
Jun 17, 2018 Cynthia Ballard
Jun 17, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 8, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 8, 2018 Terry Wallerstedt
Jun 8, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Linda Shadle
Jun 8, 2018 Darla Shelton
Jun 8, 2018 Mary Drake
Jun 8, 2018 Cherrie Meehan
Jun 8, 2018 Jean McDermott
Jun 8, 2018 Laura Valentine
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Jun 8, 2018 Catherine Reynolds
Jun 7, 2018 Tam Long
Jun 7, 2018 Rosemarie La Cour
May 30, 2018 Rita Wolff
May 29, 2018 Barbara Smolinski
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 29, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 27, 2018 Monika Epperlein
May 27, 2018 Kim DelMonico
May 27, 2018 Petra Hegenscheidt
May 27, 2018 R. Schmeling
May 26, 2018 carole MASSENET
May 26, 2018 Katalin Kónya-Jakus
May 26, 2018 Erika Doliv Wale müssen in Freiheit bleiben
May 26, 2018 Mildred Huffmire
May 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Theresa Jenkins
May 25, 2018 Debra Raymond
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
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

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