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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


Oct 23, 2017 Alison Aplin
Oct 23, 2017 Rebecca Oberlin
Oct 23, 2017 Richard Han
Oct 23, 2017 Tami Miller
Oct 23, 2017 Nicolò Ghelardi
Oct 22, 2017 Cecilia Molina
Oct 22, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 22, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Oct 22, 2017 Gabriella Buschi
Oct 22, 2017 Nelly PRESTAT
Oct 21, 2017 katherine Sampson
Oct 21, 2017 Sanand Dilip
Oct 21, 2017 Diana Moore
Oct 21, 2017 Liliana Fiorini
Oct 21, 2017 Cathy Neal
Oct 21, 2017 Leah Santini
Oct 21, 2017 Mary Fox
Oct 21, 2017 Nicky Weir
Oct 21, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Oct 18, 2017 Swetlana Frei
Oct 17, 2017 Reid Torosian
Oct 17, 2017 janine pol
Oct 17, 2017 Betsy Baytos
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 14, 2017 Marie Brown What an abysmal reflection on Japan's honor and pride that it is responsible for the brutal killing of these majestic creatures. History will not be kind to those responsible.
Oct 14, 2017 sandy goncarovs Japan is one of the most evil countries on the planet. They also put live animals—turtles, baby kittens, fish, and more—inside plastic trinkets until they die.
Oct 14, 2017 Kate Bernhart
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
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Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 13, 2017 G D
Oct 13, 2017 Spasenic Lacramioara
Oct 13, 2017 Crystal Miller
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 annick baud
Oct 13, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Burrows
Oct 10, 2017 Teresa Rudnik
Oct 9, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 9, 2017 Kat Raisky
Oct 9, 2017 Bonnie Svec
Oct 8, 2017 Terry Keck
Oct 3, 2017 Maria van Geel
Oct 3, 2017 Sonja Chardonnens
Oct 3, 2017 robert burdon
Oct 3, 2017 K Moore
Oct 3, 2017 Angela Meeks
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Oct 2, 2017 Gina Arens

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