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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


Apr 25, 2018 Rosie Prantner
Apr 25, 2018 Suzanne Rex
Apr 25, 2018 Margret Weissenbacher
Apr 25, 2018 Zoran Dragicevic
Apr 24, 2018 vorto armer teufel reger
Apr 24, 2018 hilda delgado Alto a la caceria indiscriminada de ballenas en Japon.,
Apr 24, 2018 Chantal Eldridge
Apr 24, 2018 Karina Scharenberg
Apr 24, 2018 Gord Sanderson
Apr 24, 2018 Heidi Cassar Japan... You need to stop this before you kill every last one. Please make a ban for at least 60yrs before you take the last one. These animals belong to the world and are not your to take.
Apr 24, 2018 Mariana Aguirre
Apr 24, 2018 Caroline Sévilla
Apr 24, 2018 Lynda Howarth
Apr 24, 2018 Ewa Piasecka
Apr 24, 2018 Balabey Mintemur
Apr 24, 2018 Manuela Mintemur-Frenzel
Apr 24, 2018 Regina Wegsada
Apr 24, 2018 bernadette Chevreau
Apr 24, 2018 Lorit Uhr
Apr 24, 2018 Nena Woelk
Apr 24, 2018 Evelien Mertens
Apr 24, 2018 Gwenda Vollstädt
Apr 24, 2018 Mieger Sonia
Apr 24, 2018 Nicholas Labrozzi "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Apr 24, 2018 Bataille Brigitte
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2018 Irmgard Gutersohn This barbaric "culture" has to stop!
Apr 24, 2018 Barbra Premo
Apr 24, 2018 myriam ortiguier
Apr 24, 2018 Florence Beaugrand
Apr 24, 2018 Alexandre.mo monny
Apr 24, 2018 Kim Zwicker
Apr 24, 2018 Kirsi Kilpinen
Apr 24, 2018 Jessica Vandeville
Apr 24, 2018 Valérie Paillard
Apr 24, 2018 DANIEL KALDERON SIGNED =BOYCOTT JAPAN TOTALY !!
Apr 24, 2018 LEON WAGNER BOYCOTT JAPAN !!!
Apr 24, 2018 Michelle Carnall
Apr 24, 2018 ely jahan
Apr 24, 2018 Catherine RUDOLF NNAJI
Apr 24, 2018 Charles Cocchiaro
Apr 24, 2018 Marie Rickard
Apr 24, 2018 Christina Louca
Apr 24, 2018 Wayne Brummer
Apr 24, 2018 Una Raubena
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed) 0895002215
Apr 24, 2018 angelique sebban
Apr 23, 2018 Dana Ehrenbergerová
Apr 23, 2018 Simona Eastlake
Apr 23, 2018 Nathalie VANGERMEZ

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