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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 23, 2017 Danny Spitzer Great petition.....And, watch "Earthlings" and Gary Yourofsky's "Greatest Speech", both are on Youtube...
Feb 22, 2017 Maria Stonestreet
Feb 22, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2017 Cara Ammon
Feb 20, 2017 loredana belloni
Feb 20, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 20, 2017 Nina Røstad
Feb 19, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 19, 2017 Lulu LaRocca
Feb 19, 2017 Michael Walton
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Eunice Olson
Feb 18, 2017 Margherita Pinto
Feb 18, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Feb 17, 2017 Alexander Massing
Feb 17, 2017 Kalinke ten Hulzen
Feb 16, 2017 Suzette Hoet
Feb 16, 2017 Estela Moreno
Feb 16, 2017 Maria Ranclaud
Feb 16, 2017 Terree Lipski
Feb 16, 2017 DeLisa Fields
Feb 16, 2017 Kerry Lang
Feb 16, 2017 Kristin Dubovsky
Feb 16, 2017 Renee Jones
Feb 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
Feb 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Feb 13, 2017 Robert Sanders
Feb 13, 2017 L Murphy
Feb 12, 2017 Gail Roberts
Feb 12, 2017 andree leplay
Feb 12, 2017 Susanne Eckert
Feb 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2017 Tristin Pollet
Feb 11, 2017 John Magee
Feb 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2017 Rebecca Patterson
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 9, 2017 Nenos Brikha
Feb 9, 2017 Dagmar Parker
Feb 9, 2017 Leslie Dancer This was already banned due to pressure on the whalers. Do not let them resume illegal whaling. They are not researchers.
Feb 9, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Feb 9, 2017 Cindy Miller
Feb 9, 2017 Mark Tellier
Feb 9, 2017 Cynthia Neill
Feb 9, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Feb 9, 2017 Adrian Wills
Feb 9, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Feb 9, 2017 Andre Walter

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