Target: Dr. Simon Brockington, Secretary of the International Whaling Commission
Goal: Halt the depletion of vulnerable whale communities
The International Whaling Commission has ordered unanimously that Japan cease its whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for the time being, having ruled Japan’s “scientific evidence” to back such programs insufficient. However, the ban’s relevance only to killings of whales in the Southern Hemisphere makes for incomplete protections for these endangered animals. Demand an extension of the ban in order to protect endangered whales in the Northern Hemisphere too.
Many whale species migrate seasonally, meaning their distribution varies considerably between northern and southern oceans. The range of the minke whale in particular, targeted by commercial whaling industries for their flavor and aroma in sashimi, lies mostly in the northern hemisphere. Thus, to restrict killings by location rather than to prohibit them outright offers only a partial fix.
Japan’s well-documented history of whaling makes an extension of the ban all the more urgent. In spite of the International Whaling Commission’s ban on commercial whaling in 1986, Japanese industries have continued their depletion of endangered whales by exploiting a loophole in the ban allowing for scientific whaling interests. Since 2005, only two scientific peer-reviewed papers were used to justify the killing of a mere nine killed whales. In reality, this scientific backing enabled the targeting of endangered, legally protected minke whales. Since 2005, up to 3,600 minke whales have been killed. Meanwhile, scientific permits still allow for the killing of two endangered species, the sei whale and the sperm whale, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) jurisdiction.
Please sign the petition below, and ensure these majestic creatures are not condemned to extinction.
Dear Dr. Brockington,
I am writing in regards to the International Whaling Commission’s ban on Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. A timely move to protect these majestic animals, the ban nevertheless presents only a partial fix to the larger threat facing vulnerable whales, which due to their seasonal migration, are distributed throughout the world’s oceans. I urge you to use your leadership to extend the ban to outlaw Japanese commercial whaling activity in the northern hemisphere as well as in the southern hemisphere.
Having exploited the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling, Japanese commercial whaling programs killing of 3,600 minke whales since 2005 for allegedly “scientific” purposes makes an extension of the ban all the more urgent. The programs’ targeting of minke whales in particular, found mostly in northern waters, calls for an immediate prohibition of whaling activities. Please help protect whale communities from further destruction, and extend the ban on Japanese commercial whaling programs to the northern hemisphere.
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