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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


Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 18, 2018 Mary Faron
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 11, 2018 Beverly Scott
Feb 5, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Feb 5, 2018 Fe Camila Azupardo
Feb 4, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 4, 2018 mihaela gongescu
Feb 4, 2018 Fournier Fernande C'es notre devoir de respectez et protegez les animaux. Vous, le savez? Vous, êtes des humains, soyez humaines. Aidez, s.v.p. Civilisez? Bien triste, de signez des pétitions. Merci.
Feb 1, 2018 Leslie Poms
Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 28, 2018 Virginia Lippert
Jan 27, 2018 Chris Stukesbary
Jan 27, 2018 Corinna Morton This should be outlawed! It is totally barbaric.
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 2, 2018 Jo Ardell
Dec 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 23, 2017 marge beck
Dec 20, 2017 barbara gale
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Nina Morales
Nov 20, 2017 Carol Painter
Nov 19, 2017 Suzanne Flanegan
Nov 19, 2017 Gregg Flanegan
Nov 19, 2017 Kristin Womack dame desu!
Nov 19, 2017 Carol De Hart
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Henry Drozdik This is a disaster and it's also bad for Krill. Commercial fishing is being done for krill in Antarctica. It's the food of baleen whales and penguins. stop it now!
Nov 19, 2017 Nicholas Chatfield
Nov 19, 2017 Emily Jelassi
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Paula Eppler
Nov 15, 2017 Olga P
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Robin Blakesley
Nov 14, 2017 Catherine Kokkinakis
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 12, 2017 Yael Saydon
Nov 11, 2017 Pamela Daily
Nov 11, 2017 Dan Michaud
Nov 11, 2017 Marguerite Elia
Nov 11, 2017 Sondra Bustos
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Nov 10, 2017 tami mccready

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