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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


Jun 25, 2017 Susan Nieto
Jun 24, 2017 Sara Vilhena
Jun 24, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Jun 24, 2017 Mary Stallard
Jun 24, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 23, 2017 Lucia S
Jun 23, 2017 Frederique Hauselmann
Jun 23, 2017 Debbie Foster
Jun 22, 2017 Janice Kyle Stop this idiocy!
Jun 22, 2017 Maria Prinsloo
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Phipps
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Jill Nightingale How about a compassionate new tradition? Stop killing, abusing and exploiting animals...And try going vegan. Vegan lifestyle saves the planet, the animals and your health...
Jun 21, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 21, 2017 Sally Wynn
Jun 21, 2017 Cheryl Teo
Jun 20, 2017 Brenda Yanik We must demand they stop the whale and dolphin slaughter immediately. We are the military for this bastard country and if they don't, we won't!!!
Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 19, 2017 Diana Jones
Jun 17, 2017 DIANA ALOURDAS
Jun 17, 2017 Melinda Parke Leave the whales alone. Your love of whale meat is costing the lives of what whales we have left .
Jun 16, 2017 ruby cane
Jun 16, 2017 Lisa Bass
Jun 16, 2017 Nancy Kulkarni
Jun 15, 2017 claire lille
Jun 15, 2017 Christopher Evans
Jun 15, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 15, 2017 Andrew Vallender
Jun 15, 2017 Barbara Dincau
Jun 14, 2017 kay roberts
Jun 14, 2017 Linda Cook
Jun 13, 2017 Anne Smith
Jun 13, 2017 Stacey Cannon
Jun 13, 2017 Chris Middleton
Jun 13, 2017 Monica Farinelli
Jun 13, 2017 Karen McHugh
Jun 13, 2017 Robin Sawyer
Jun 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 13, 2017 Mary Sier
Jun 11, 2017 Kimberly Rhodemyre
Jun 11, 2017 Lorraine Andersen
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 Ellen Prior
Jun 9, 2017 Karen Presson
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Betty Kowall
Jun 9, 2017 Jennifer Hale

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