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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


Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
Mar 21, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Mar 20, 2017 Greta aul
Mar 20, 2017 Fran Guterl
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Cynthia Quast
Mar 20, 2017 Jamie Sandusky
Mar 20, 2017 Pia Heyn
Mar 20, 2017 julie munson
Mar 20, 2017 LEAH STANLEY
Mar 19, 2017 Christine Neitzke
Mar 19, 2017 Pamela Williams
Mar 18, 2017 Kirk Rhoads
Mar 18, 2017 dan murphy
Mar 18, 2017 gary hachmeister They are breaking many laws against illegal whaling. They must think they are 'superior' beings, and above the law. They are not, this is CRIMINAL. SHAME ON JAPAN!
Mar 17, 2017 corinne etancelin
Mar 17, 2017 Janie Rhodus
Mar 17, 2017 Michèle Haudebourg
Mar 16, 2017 sue nusbaum
Mar 16, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Mar 16, 2017 Helen Golding
Mar 15, 2017 gilberte luron
Mar 14, 2017 Erika Fromme
Mar 11, 2017 Gena Anderson Please close the loophole so Japan will stop killing whales.
Mar 11, 2017 Lisa Petardi
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2017 Anna Fisher
Mar 9, 2017 Alicia .L. Denofrio
Mar 9, 2017 Kathleen Fernandez
Mar 9, 2017 Lanette Rapp
Mar 9, 2017 Cristina Dias
Mar 8, 2017 Henriette Matthijssen
Mar 8, 2017 Paul Herbst
Mar 8, 2017 lauren kline
Mar 7, 2017 sarah russell
Mar 7, 2017 Evangelia Avrampou
Mar 7, 2017 Joanne Montgomery Shame on you Japan?
Mar 6, 2017 Shirley Robinson
Mar 6, 2017 virginie devigne
Mar 6, 2017 Andrea Schnitzler
Mar 6, 2017 Robyn Little
Mar 6, 2017 Donna Nelson
Mar 6, 2017 Robert Petretti
Mar 6, 2017 Sarah Stansill
Mar 6, 2017 J Phillips
Mar 6, 2017 Cathleen Cascia
Mar 5, 2017 Viola White
Mar 5, 2017 Kathy Mason
Mar 5, 2017 Maria Craigie

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