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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,

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Aug 17, 2018 Tina Mitchell
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Aug 2, 2018 Gail Canzius
Aug 2, 2018 Mary Schannach
Aug 2, 2018 Laura Grove
Aug 2, 2018 Joan Hansen
Aug 2, 2018 Susan Frederick
Aug 2, 2018 Karton Weston Ask me if I'm sorry about all the dead Japs from the rains?? Um no!! LoL
Aug 2, 2018 Valerie Simmons
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Aug 2, 2018 Deborah Iannizzotto
Aug 2, 2018 Angela Joyner
Aug 2, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Aug 2, 2018 Denise Shelley
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Aug 2, 2018 Sophie Fortier
Jul 31, 2018 Miriam Navarro
Jul 30, 2018 Staci Sherwood
Jul 30, 2018 Misti Kane
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 27, 2018 Dr. Michael Collier
Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
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