Stop Cruel Japanese Whale Hunt Disguised as Research Whaling

Target: Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Goal: Stop Japan from resuming whale hunt disguised as “research whaling.”

Japanese media has reported that a controversial practice by Japan of “research whaling” that global activists are calling a cover up for whale hunting will resume again next year.

Alex Cornelissen, chief executive of Sea Shepherd, an ocean wildlife conservation group, said Japan must remember that the whales in the Southern Ocean are protected under international and Australian law, and that any violation of the sanctity of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary or the Australian Whale Sanctuary is a criminal act.

The inhumane and unjust act of whaling must be stopped from continuing in the future. Tell Japanese officials they can’t resume this lie of research whaling that is actually a commercial hunt to profit off of innocent animals.


Dear Prime Minister Abe,

You were forced to abandon your 2014-2015 whale hunt in the Southern Ocean after pressure from international activists and regulators. However, Japanese media has reported that you plan to continue this controversial “research whaling” next year. Many have decried this practice as commercial whaling to profit off of the deaths of innocent sea creatures masquerading as scientific research.

You have not yet proven that the whaling is indeed for scientific purposes, and you have not been given the okay to resume this practice. The act of whaling for nearly any purpose is inhumane. I demand you do not resume this commercial hunt to profit off of dead whales disguised as “research whaling.”


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gregory Smith

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