Stop Japan From Slaughtering Whales for ‘Research’

Target: Joji Morishita, Chair of the International Whaling Commission

Goal: Put an end to Japan’s annual whale hunt, conducted under the guise of ‘research purposes.’

Japanese vessels have returned from their annual whale hunt, having killed nearly 200 whales as part of their stipulated ‘quota.’ Despite the fact that whaling is banned under the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan has violated this ruling for years by making use of a legal loophole, claiming that the hunts are done in the name of scientific research.

Of the nearly 200 whales the Japanese whalers slaughtered off the island of Hokkaido, 134 are endangered Sei whales. Japan’s Fisheries Agency claims that the stomach contents will be researched “among other things” to satisfy the requirements of the IWC’s loophole. However, it is likely that the meat from these whales will later be sold in markets, leading many to suspect that Japan is using the claim of conducting scientific research as a cover for commercial whaling.

The current chair of the IWC has claimed that the Japanese have a right to the consumption of whale meat as a cultural tradition, even though whaling is a serious threat to the survival of many species, including the Sei whale. Sign this petition to demand that the commission put an end to this legal loophole and prevent Japan from killing these whales in the future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Morishita,

I am writing to insist that your commission put an end to the annual whale hunts conducted by Japan’s Fisheries Agency. As a part of this year’s hunts, Japan has killed just under 200 innocent whales, including 134 endangered Sei whales, all under the guise of conducting scientific research. It is well known that the meat from whales killed during these hunts is later sold, and the scientific value of so-called ‘research whaling’ has been called into question time and again.

Even though there may be a cultural tradition of whale consumption in Japan, whaling is a major threat that could drive sensitive species, such as the Sei whale, to extinction. I urge you to put an end to the legal loophole that currently allows Japan to conduct its whaling expeditions as ‘scientific research’ and to no longer support the killing of whales for human consumption.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Herry Lawford

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77 Comments

  1. Japan has long ago admitted they still catch whales because it is their tradition. Whale meat is not even populat in Japen. They just don’t want to loose face by stopping this discusting needless slaughter. They don’t care! Why doesn’t the UN try to stop them.

  2. It is totally bogus that the Japanese are killing whales for “research”. Aren’t live whales more valuable for research than corpses?! Whales are intelligent gentle creatures. Many species of whales are bordering on extinction because of the wanton killing by the Japanese and others. Man’s greed and neglect is destroying so much of our precious wildlife. The killing of whales must stop. Sanctions should be imposed upon the Japanese for their continual slaughter of whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans.

  3. More than Loss of Face!
    Shame for eternity!

  4. NO other country has the balls to blow these death ships out of the water!!! It would interrupt trade & this means $$$$$$ & we can’t have that can we ,,,, $$$$ comes 1st,,,, as usual,,,, EVIL SCUM!!!!!!

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