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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


Apr 26, 2017 valerie brown
Apr 26, 2017 joann stonebridge barbaric.....
Apr 26, 2017 carol carlson
Apr 24, 2017 Toni Garcia
Apr 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Apr 23, 2017 Arlene Benson
Apr 21, 2017 Jewell Batway
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Sammy Jo Arneson
Apr 18, 2017 Chip Pough
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 15, 2017 Connie Moreno
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2017 Pamela Babcock
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Llauren Peralta
Apr 12, 2017 Sabine Strauss Stop the killing!!! Close the loophole.
Apr 11, 2017 Cheryl Duncan
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 Cynthia Pearson
Apr 11, 2017 TONY WEBBER
Apr 11, 2017 jill woodley
Apr 11, 2017 Carolyn Anderson
Apr 11, 2017 Kir Ing
Apr 11, 2017 Kathy Colbert
Apr 11, 2017 Carlene Morton
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 8, 2017 Maria-Rita Christoph
Apr 7, 2017 Vicky Haucke
Apr 6, 2017 Tonya Green
Apr 6, 2017 julie roberts
Apr 5, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Apr 5, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Apr 5, 2017 Corinne Young
Apr 5, 2017 Madison Connolly
Apr 5, 2017 Jenny Panfil
Apr 5, 2017 Shirley Duncan
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 4, 2017 Amber Ferriss Japan will single handling destroy our oceans. They are dimensioning the population every year and they are stupid enough not to realize it. They aren't fish, they are mammals and they aren't suppose to be eaten.
Apr 4, 2017 Karin Guenther
Apr 4, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Apr 4, 2017 Ann John Please stop the killing
Apr 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 4, 2017 Emmanuelle ARNOLD
Apr 4, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Apr 4, 2017 Alson Sachs
Apr 4, 2017 sam harrington

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