Target: Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Goal: Don’t allow Japan to break the anti-whaling legislation imposed by the International Court of Justice.
Japanese whaling ships will be leaving any day to resume hunting whales in the Southern Ocean despite the International Court of Justice ruling Japan’s whaling program illegal. Japan claims that its catching of whales in the Antarctic is part of “scientific research,” when in fact whales are hunted, slaughtered and sold for whale meat.
The Japanese government has now reportedly informed the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, that it plans to allow itself an exception to the court’s ruling as it believes the jurisdiction does not apply to “any dispute arising out of, concerning, or relating to research on, or conservation, management or exploitation of, living resources of the sea.”
Japanese whalers have been attempting to justify hunting whales for years, claiming the practice as “research.” However, their activities have been proven to serve no scientific purpose and to simply involve catching whales to sell their meat for human consumption.
The practice of whale hunting is one of unimaginable cruelty and suffering. Whales are pursued to the point of exhaustion, speared with explosive harpoons and hauled onto the boat to be finished off with high-powered rifles or simply dragged alongside it as they die a slow and excruciating death.
Commercial whaling is against the law under the International Whaling Commission’s ban. Furthermore, whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is especially illegal by virtue of the seas around Antarctica being a supposedly protected area. But legislation surrounding whaling is not sufficiently enforced, with countries able to issue their own scientific research permits without explanation or scrutiny.
This essentially means that Japan is free to continue its illegal commercial whaling activities under the guise of scientific research. Countries are also being allowed to opt out of international court rulings, as Japan has recently done. This should not be the case–tighter restrictions and sanctions need to be enforced to protect whales.
Japan now plans to kill 4,000 whales over the next 12 years in an extended killing territory in the Antarctic. Over 350 whales could die in this cruel manner in the next three months. It is imperative that action be taken to prevent this massacre. Sign this petition urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to ensure Japan respects the ban on whaling.
Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon,
Japanese whaling ships could be setting sail any day to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean despite the International Court of Justice’s ban. It is clear that Japan is planning to engage in illegal commercial whaling under the guise of “scientific research,” as it has been doing for years.
The Japanese ambassador to the U.N., Motohide Yoshikawa, has informed you in a special declaration of his government’s decision to disregard the court’s jurisdiction. This should not be condoned. Under its latest program, Japan intends to kill 4,000 whales over the next 12 years, starting with over 350 in the next three months alone. This massacre needs to be prevented.
As you are most certainly aware, hunting whales is a gruesome and cruel practice. Whales are hunted to exhaustion, speared with explosive harpoons and hauled onto the boat, or left to suffocate as they are dragged by their tails alongside it.
Thousands of whales need your help. I urge you to use your significant position and influence to ensure that Japanese authorities comply with the ICJ ruling banning their whaling practices.
[Your Name Here]
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