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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


Sep 22, 2017 Kelly Nestelroad
Sep 22, 2017 Ann Slaton
Sep 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Liz Pope
Sep 22, 2017 Linda Mattice
Sep 22, 2017 Shane Hyde
Sep 22, 2017 gloria fedi
Sep 22, 2017 Marlyse Hanssens
Sep 22, 2017 Lauren Kessler
Sep 20, 2017 Suzanne Downie
Sep 20, 2017 Diane Sposili
Sep 19, 2017 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) There is no need to kill whales. There is no need to kill whales for any reason. Grow crops instead and eat them.
Sep 19, 2017 cindy takaht
Sep 19, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 Melinda Matheus
Sep 18, 2017 Catherine Webster
Sep 18, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Kath Walker
Sep 18, 2017 Katrine Høie
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 13, 2017 Marjorie Hass
Sep 12, 2017 evie hager
Sep 12, 2017 Madeleine Gläser
Sep 12, 2017 Marion Subjenski
Sep 12, 2017 Michelle Mason
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2017 Maria Vitória Magri
Sep 12, 2017 Sandi Muise Disgusting and totally ridiculous - whales are as deserving of respect and humane treatment as any other wildlife in the world and Japan has no right to ignore the International Convention re Whaling Regulation! PLS STOP NOW!!!!
Sep 12, 2017 Pearl Flanagan
Sep 12, 2017 Sharon Saunders
Sep 12, 2017 sharon sekura
Sep 12, 2017 Pat Milne
Sep 12, 2017 Sharon McCluskey
Sep 11, 2017 Ivone Garcia
Sep 11, 2017 J Jones
Sep 11, 2017 PAT LAWSON
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Marion Schorr
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 Metesh Acharya
Sep 11, 2017 chip macgill It's not stupidity, it's arrogance. Nice way to build your legacy Japan.
Sep 11, 2017 Julie Barratt Please stop!
Sep 11, 2017 Penny Anstey
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 Cristina Guerra
Sep 11, 2017 Brigitte Gaschnitz

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