Target: Bruno Mainini, Chair of International Whaling Commission
Goal: Punish Japan for violating international law and slaughtering hundreds of minke whales.
Japanese whalers reportedly killed more than 300 whales in a one-year span, using a legal loophole to slaughter the innocent animals. The killings come in spite of an international court ruling expressly forbidding any such activity.
Japanese fleets targeted the minke whale, a species found mostly in Europe and Asia. Many of the slaughtered animals were pregnant, according to officials from the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The IWC has harshly condemned the recent wave of killings, criticizing Japan for its cruel and greedy actions.
Japan claims that the whales were hunted as part of a scientific study, though this excuse has been criticized as a poor cover story for commercial hunting. Japanese officials argue that “coastal whaling” is not harmful to overall populations, but this claim is mostly unfounded. The IWC has since intervened and stopped all whaling efforts, but the damage has already been done.
The slaughter of hundreds of precious creatures, most of whom were pregnant, demands condemnation and punishment. Sign the petition below to voice your disapproval and urge the IWC to punish Japan for its transgressions.
Dear Mr. Mainini,
I am writing to express my outrage over Japan’s recent slaughter of over 300 minke whales. Despite strict international rulings designed to prevent this exact situation, Japan has attempted to use legal loopholes to kill innocent creatures, many of whom were reportedly pregnant.
This unrepentant show of cruelty and greed must not go unpunished. Japan’s feeble excuse that the whales were killed as part of a scientific study is nothing more than a flimsy cover story; these animals were killed out of greed cruelty, not scientific curiosity. I urge you to do everything in your power to punish Japan for these outrageous transgressions.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: NOAA