Target: Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe
Goal: Condemn Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe for advocating an illegal Japanese whale hunt
Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe has suggested that he will advocate the resumption of Japanese whaling. The Japanese whale hunt has been suspended since the International Court of Justice ruled that the hunt was illegal last March. For years the Japanese hunted endangered whales under the false claims that they were conducting research. The decision by the international court was a hard fought victory that took years to achieve. It is important that the Japanese be prevented from resuming whale hunting. Please take action to condemn Prime Minister Abe for suggesting that the Japanese whale hunt be resumed.
For many years, Japanese whaling fleets killed thousands of endangered whales under the guise of conducting scientific research. The meat from these hunts was sold on the open market. Because the demand for whale meat in Japan has declined, it has been necessary for the government to subsidize the industry. There is currently a surplus stockpile of 5,000 tons of uneaten whale meat in Japan.
Environmental groups like Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace have fought the Japanese whaling fleet for decades. Members of Sea Shepherd have been so dedicated to the cause that they have directly intervened in the hunts, successfully saving thousands of whales from painful deaths from exploding harpoons. At long last, a court case was brought against Japan’s whale hunt by the government of Australia. The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ruled that the Japanese whale hunt is illegal and Japan should be forced to abide by its decision.
Earlier this week Japan’s fisheries department was giving away free whale meat samples to visitors at the ministry. The Prime Minister of Japan has openly advocated the resumption of Japanese commercial whaling, despite the fact that the international community has found the practice to be illegal. The government of Japan must be forced to understand that the international community will not tolerate its flagrant violation of environment laws. Please take action to condemn Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for advocating the continuation of commercial whaling.
Dear Prime Minister Shinto Abe,
Japanese whaling fleets have killed thousands of endangered whales under the guise of conducting scientific research. Finally, an international court ruled that this hunt was illegal. By advocating the continuation of the Japanese whale hunt, you are suggesting the violation of international environmental laws.
The international community will not tolerate Japan’s flagrant violation of international laws, which protect whales from commercial fishing. I urge you to retract your comments suggesting that the Japanese whale hunt continue and apologize to the international community for your brazen disrespect of International Court of Justice’s ruling.
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