Stop Japan From Murdering Minke Whales

Minke Whale_By_Martin Cathrae

Target: Senior Fisheries Negotiator of Japan’s Fishery Agency, Hideki Moronuki

Goal: Cease new whaling program that allows annual killing of hundreds of minke whales per year.

Japan has sent whaling vessels on a mission to kill 333 minke whales despite international calls for the cessation of whaling in the Antarctic. Japanese officials say the goal of killing the whales is to build scientific research that will ultimately allow for commercial whaling to be resumed. Not only is Japan slaughtering hundreds of innocent whales under the guise of science, but the country is blatantly ignoring the international protections that have been established for these whales.

Two years ago, Japan was ordered by the International Court of Justice to stop its so-called “scientific” whaling expeditions in the Antarctic after the court determined the expeditions were hardly scientific. After a brief cessation of whaling, Japan has created a new program called NEWRP-A, which is a 12-year research program scheduled to last until 2026 or 2027.

Under this new program, Japan plans to kill 333 minke whales in the Antarctic every year, totaling just under 4,000 whales that will be slaughtered during the duration of the program. This new program is just another smokescreen in which Japan says it is killing whales solely for scientific research, and yet whale meat will likely continue to be found available to eat in Japan.

A moratorium on commercial whaling has been established for good reason. It is essential that whales be protected from inhumane whaling practices, and it is unacceptable that Japan continues to ignore international regulations protecting our oceans’ whales. Please sign the below petition to show your support for the minke whale by demanding Japan cease its newest attempt to murder them in the name of research.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Moronuki,

I am writing to insist that your agency immediately cease slaughtering minke whales in the Antarctic. While I know Japan states that the killing of these animals is in the name of research, it seems highly unlikely that killing hundreds of these whales every year is in some way going to support their survival. By continuing to kill these whales in the Antarctic, your agency and country are not only inhumanely attacking the minke whale population, but you are doing so in waters where they are internationally protected.

There has been an international moratorium on commercial whaling for good reason. After decades of whaling, whale populations were in steep decline, and we were in danger of losing various whale species to extinction. Even though other nations had profits to be made through the continuation of commercial whaling, they have respected the moratorium and have ceased killing whales. Japan can only benefit if it chooses to stop killing minke whales, as it will ally itself with other nations who are trying to be a part of the protection of these beautiful animals.

I know that it is extremely difficult to cease something that likely turns a high profit. But continuing to murder innocent minke whales in waters where everyone else is working so hard to protect them is unjust and inhumane. So please, make every effort to do the right thing and put an end to this new program so that no more minke whales are unjustly slaughtered.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Martin Cathrae

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17 Comments

  1. The world should show Japan that we are serious by threatening to stop the purchase of Japanese products

    • It doesn’t matter even if you stop buying our products, pple in the rest of the world loves and supports products made in Japan. Stop being racist. It sounds like all the Japanese are killing whales and eating them but it’s not. Ignorant people like you are picking up small examples and talk as everyone here is all doing. WTH!!!

      • It is not being racist boycotting products made in a country that supports the extinction of a mammal for ‘research’. So, what are you doing in Japan? And then there is the Ivory trade which Japan has an active role. Those ivory name stamps that are made in China (cheap labor) and then sent to Japan are driving the elephant to extinction. So stop complaining. Do you support destroying the planet? Animals are part of the ecosystem. They are more important than humans ever will be. No animals the earth is over. No humans and it thrives. Have some empathy and respect.

  2. Ignacio Robles says:

    READ PLEASE!

    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is convinced that Japan intends to escalate the number of whales killed in the next few years. They have plans to construct a much larger whale meat processing vessel to replace the aging Nisshin Maru.

    http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2008/10/30/hideki-eats-crow-308

  3. Heather Brophy says:

    Japan, PLEASE LEAVE THE PLANET YOU ARE WORTHLESS!

    • Why don’t you leave the planet, you’re also worthless, you fucking racist bitch!!

      • Bev Woodburn says:

        You would have to be a Jap, wouldn,t you?
        Stop your racist replies.
        You know the Japs are illegally murdering protected helpless and innocent Minke Whales, especially in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. It is an absolute disgrace. The Japs have a Law for them selves and ignores the Laws of other countries.
        They should be blown out of the Southern Ocean for there illegal murder of these precious Whales.
        Please United Nations stop these heartless Japs from illegally murdering these precious Whales and take action by destroying their Whaling Ships of hell and terror for their illegal murder of the Whales and all the other sea creatures.
        Don,t they kill enough sea animals like the Dolphins and what ever sea animals they can kill until they become extinct.
        And when they have depleted their waters they will deplete the waters of other countries if they can get away with it.
        All this brutality is purely for GREED
        and consumption and definitely not Scientific Research. It is all lies.

        • Sara Smith says:

          I agree, Bev. Pity the whole lot of them weren’t disposed of in WW2, they’d have been no loss. Between them and the Chinese I’ve never seen such horrible cruel people.

  4. Alexandre Engelen says:

    The Antarctic is the international territory. Ships who violates the rules concerning protected Arctic should be sinked or destroyed just because penalties and fines doesn’t help … It is time for the UN to take such action to protect our planet!

    • I agree with you Alexandre, there need to be some
      serious actions about what Japan is doing, because
      nobody is doing enough to stop them…. So like you
      say, the penalties and fines don’t deter them, so
      we need the UN or some higher powers to truly set
      these whale-killers straight, and NOT stand for
      their lies any longer….This sort of greedy and
      reckless killing does not belong on our planet, and
      we need to tell every country that it will not be
      tolerated!

  5. Antonio Martinez says:

    They’re smarter than dogs. It’s murder. We’re all watching.

  6. these really are the most evil vile race, as if they would stop, they should be made to stop by now, absolutely sickening, can they not see the damage they are doing.

  7. “The only difference between a dog, cat, horse and dolphin and a cow, chicken, pig and turkey is perception. One is no more valuable than another. And yet in this culture, we hold the former animals in high esteem and the latter we brutalize for food. All animals are deserving of respect and freedom from violence. The way to respect others is veganism.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  8. Nature treats back now ? bastards
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now ?

    Best wishes to you my friends and Great Protection ?

  9. Arrogant, cruel race. Did you know one of the first things they did with their tsunami aid money was to get their whaling fleet up and running again. The whalers and the Taji dolphin murderers can all rot in hell after suffering the effects of mercury poisoning. Go Sea Shepherd!

  10. Japan just won’t leave our sea life alone. We are now in the modern era and animal abuse will not be tolerated!

  11. Sara Smith says:

    Personally I think they should have exterminated the Japanese in WW2. I’ve never known a more cruel nation.

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