Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Punish Japan for killing 333 Antarctic whales, in violation of international law.
Last week Japanese whalers returned from Antarctic waters with 333 dead Minke whales, 157 of which were pregnant, according to Vox. The International Whaling Commission ended all commercial whaling in 1982, and the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to end its whaling program in 2014. Japan has disregarded these rulings and has continued to kill whales.
Although Minke whales are not endangered, the International Whaling Commission reports that their numbers are declining. Whaling is a cruel practice, in which whales are pierced with explosive harpoons and then dragged aboard ships. The vast majority of the world looks upon Japan’s whaling program with disdain, and yet, Japan continues to slaughter whales.
Japan exploits the International Whaling Commission’s exception which allows whaling for scientific research purposes, and claims that all the whales they catch are for scientific research. However, scientists who actually study whales all agree that there is no need to kill so many whales in order to study them, and Japan has produced remarkably little research on whales.
Japan has been ordered to cease whaling, but it continues to deploy more whaling expeditions. The United Nations needs to create real consequences for Japan’s actions, otherwise Japan will never stop. Sign the petition below to end Japanese whaling.
Dear Secretary Ban Ki-Moon,
I want to encourage you to bring the issue of Japanese whaling before the United Nations, with the goal of punishing Japan for continuing to kill whales. As I am sure you know, the United Nations’ highest court ordered Japan to end its whaling program in 2014, and despite that ruling, Japan began a new whaling program which recently slaughtered 333 Minke whales in the waters surrounding Antarctica.
It is clear that the Japanese government has no regard for the international law which prohibits commercial whaling, nor do they care that the vast majority of people around the world disapprove of their practice. The United Nations must take action to prevent Japan from whaling.
The United Nations should inform Japan that if they do not stop whaling, their U.N. membership will be revoked. The U.N. should also encourage other member nations who have strong economic ties with Japan to enact sanctions until Japan ceases whaling.
Japan needs to know that their actions have consequences, and the U.N. may be the only group that can create those consequences. Please take action to stop Japanese whaling.
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