Target: Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe
Goal: Halt illegal whaling program, which threatens the lives of endangered marine life
Japan will continue its whaling program in 2015 despite the United Nations’ ruling against the country, breaking regulations established by the International Whaling commission. Whales, which are already endangered because of human activity, are often hunted by Japanese people for their meat and fat. Despite global condemnation of this act, Japan will continue its whaling program and will not follow international regulations meant to preserve these majestic creatures.
Japan was able to exploit a loophole established by the International Whaling Commission by claiming that its slaughter of whales was for scientific purposes. The United Nations found this reasoning to be false and concluded that Japan was not killing whales for research and was instead doing so for profit. Indeed, Japan often sold whale meat on the markets even when most of the populace did not consume this meat. Following this ruling, Japan stated that it would no longer hunt whales. However, not even one year after this statement, Japan is gearing up for the next whale hunt, an act that is both ludicrous and deceitful.
The country will again claim that its whale hunts are conducted for scientific research, but for it to be verified as such Japan will need its whaling plans to be reviewed by the International Whaling Commission. Japan will not follow through with this procedure, as waiting for permission would require the country to wait a full year before hunts could resume. This tells us that Japan does not wish to follow regulations meant to save whales, nor will the country honor its word. Demand that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop the hunt so whale populations can reproduce and thrive by signing the petition below.
Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
Scientists are growing concerned about the amount of fish living in our waters. Because of overfishing, many fish populations have shrunk in the past several decades and the fish that are being caught are drastically smaller. For the whale population and other marine life, this spells disaster. I am angered that despite this knowledge your country will resume its whaling hunts. You are escalating this problem, not resolving it.
If Japan truly wanted to conduct research on whales, it would not be slaughtering these animals in droves. The United Nations and other biologists concluded as much when Japan was on trial. Whale meat is not largely consumed by your people, so what reason do you have to continue the slaughter? Our oceans and the marine life living within it is in danger because of humans, and I implore you to fix the situation instead of satisfying your hunger for whale flesh.
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