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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


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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
Nov 8, 2017 Nancy Paskowitz
Nov 6, 2017 Gail Eatherly
Nov 6, 2017 Vicki Hambrick
Nov 6, 2017 Di Griffiths
Nov 6, 2017 Linda Gregg
Nov 3, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 2, 2017 Alicia Orr
Nov 2, 2017 Tracey Maunder
Nov 2, 2017 veronique Charvet
Nov 1, 2017 J MASSETTI
Nov 1, 2017 Carolyn De Mirjian
Nov 1, 2017 Kandy Chewning
Oct 31, 2017 Casey Kaemerer
Oct 29, 2017 Myrna Alvarado
Oct 29, 2017 Maria Munoz
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 26, 2017 Abby Spitzer
Oct 26, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Oct 26, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Oct 25, 2017 Jessica Likins
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Joanne Franchi
Oct 25, 2017 Sandra Tucker
Oct 25, 2017 Karen O'Brien
Oct 25, 2017 Sheryl Moran
Oct 24, 2017 Sandy Fenton
Oct 24, 2017 Suzanne Ursula Lebon STOP KILLING OUR PLANET!
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

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