Stop Commercial Whaling

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Target: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

Goal: Do not resume commercial whaling in Japan

In March 2014, the United Nations told Japan to cease their commercial whaling efforts in the waters around Antarctica. Japan acted accordingly, stating that they would stop whaling in those waters, but recently the Prime Minister expressed a desire to resume this practice. It has brought outrage from conservationists from various countries.

In 2010, Australia brought a case against Japan’s whaling practices. Australia claimed that Japan’s whaling efforts were not for research and could be considered a commercial operation. (Despite a ban on commercial fishing in 1986, Japan exploited a loophole that allowed them to kill whales for the purpose of research.) The United Nations found that Australia was right and told Japan to cease whaling in Antarctica waters. Many critics of Japan’s whaling practice stated that the country did not need to kill whales to gather scientific data. One biologist stated that a tissue sample provides enough information about a whale’s life.

The ruling from United Nations only applies to the waters around Antarctica. Japan still legally kills mink whales off its coastal waters by exploiting the same loophole. Australia has already expressed its disdain for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s words, who wishes to continue whaling but with the mind set of gathering data for the management of whales.

Japanese politicians have expressed scorn at the United Nations’ ruling, fearing that the West is taking away their culture and traditions. One such politician joked about serving President Barack Obama whale meat the next time he visits. Tell the Prime Minister of Japan not to resume whaling as the United Nations told the country to cease such actions. The Prime Minster should also consider the precarious state of whales, whose numbers are dwindling thanks to human activity.


Dear Prime Minster Shinzo Abe,

In March of 2014, the United Nations told Japan to cease whaling off the coast of Antarctica, as the purpose of killing whales were not for research reasons, but were akin to a commercial operation. Such practices are banned by the Whaling Commission, as whales are endangered by overfishing. Despite this ruling, and the outcry against your country, you’ve expressed a desire to resume whaling.

I am writing this letter to demand your country to stop this practice at once. Whales are in a precarious state, and most of your citizens do not even eat whale meat. You have exploited this loophole before, but I hope that you will not choose to do so again. The United Nations told you to cease whaling off the coast of Antarctica and you should respect their decision.


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    • Edda Kenney says:

      Yes I agree.100% This has to stop.It is illegal and this has to be STOPPED. What is wrong with the so called LAW????? Are you
      Monsters sleeping? What are you getting paid for? DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!!!! It is disgusting!!!!!!

  2. I don’t believe in hell but I believe if there was one- people who kill animals for no good reason especially endangered ones, and turn a blind eye to the destruction of this beautiful paradise of a planet are going!! God gave plants and animals this planet to, it is their home and they have just as much right to be here as any human, if not more. Humans are awful so much of the time!

  3. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  4. ICJ : “With these developments, it is hard to claim that scientific whaling is totally detached, free-standing, from the operation of the Convention and that the “margin of appreciation”, if any, for the contracting parties in granting special permits stays the same as before. Judge Xue thus observes that the authorizing party is obliged to use its best knowledge to determine, as it perceives proper, whether or not to grant special permits for proposed scientific research programmes.” (p 20 middle)

    If all countries would destroy whatever they want then: Welcome back in the Stone age – but there were less monsters at this time!

    As mostly all asians are involved in believers I now believe that they earn their results and karma having disasters like Fukushima.


  5. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  6. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    I don’t eat animals, and I wish nobody would… However, there will always be those who scoff about not eating meat. They will say that it’s just like eating cow or pig or chicken, etc., etc., etc., but the torture of those animals is not right, either! So we need to distinguish between the actual eating of animals and the actual torturing of them. The cold, bloody, horrific, cruel torture… and the insane enjoyment so many have of doing the actual torture. This isn’t a quick process we are talking about, This “treatment” takes an incredibly slow, methodical, excruciatingly painful time. No rhyme or reason to that. No empathy towards anyone who does that, whether it be dog, cat, horse, cow, pig, bird, whale, seal, what-have-you. And much of the eating of dog/cat meat is by people who can afford another way. Regardless, the torture is inexcusable either way. Period. Nobody, and I mean nobody, needs to torture an animal – even if they feel the need to eat it. That, in and of itself, shows the person’s true character – or lack of. **TORTURE IS NOT CULTURE!!**

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