Stop Japan from Hunting the Endangered Sei Whale

Target: Koichi Yamamoto, Japan’s Minister of the Environment

Goal: Halt Japan’s plan to kill sei whales for research purposes.

Despite a moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan continues to kill endangered sei whales for “research purposes.” The Japanese government has planned to capture roughly 314 whales per year for 12 years beginning in 2017. This proposal would see about 100 more whales taken by the country than in recent years. While the Japanese government claims that this quota is based on science, there has been little to no evidence to support their claims.

Additionally, the Japanese commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Joji Morishita, recently pleaded for the allowance of a “small quota” of whales for local consumption, citing the supposed cultural importance of whaling to the Japanese. However, both the U.S. and the European Union’s IWC commissioners have spoken out against his request, stating that no country should be engaging in commercial whaling at this time.

Urgent conservation efforts have restored the once-critically endangered species to a third of its original population, but it must continue to be protected in order to make a full comeback. Demand that Japan do its part to protect the sei whale by signing below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Yamamoto,

I demand that you urge your government to discontinue its whaling research program — particularly that portion of the program targeting the endangered sei whale. Your government plans to begin its research whaling before March 2018, despite a response from the International Court of Justice deeming its scientific whaling expeditions in the Antarctic Ocean as unscientific. Japan must not continue to misuse the “scientific whaling” provision of the global ban of commercial whaling as a ruse for selling whale meat.

Furthermore, I ask that you reprimand Japan’s IWC commissioner, Joji Morishita, for requesting permission to hunt a certain quota of whales for local consumption. This request is highly irresponsible and must not be condoned.

The future of the sei whale is largely dependent on Japan’s next steps. Please urge the Japanese government to strive to protect the sei whale rather than endanger its species further.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Christin Khan

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17 Comments

  1. simon hooper says:

    you wont stop these cruel japs from killing anything they are cruel jap scum they should drop another bomb on them they are a revolting race.

  2. Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives – the devil should take all responsible persons away! Or not?
    THE DEVIL SHOULD TAKE  ALL   RESPONSIBLE   PERSONS  AWAY   –  ONCE  FOR ALL !

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  

    DEMAND ALL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE IF NOT ABLE TO ACT IN A REASONABLE WAY TO START TO PAY REPARATION TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!

  3. Bridgette Tannehill says:

    When I was in the Navy I was stationed in Japan. I fell in love with the country and the people. The people I knew were kind and gentle and honorable. If they are still an honorable people place them in the presence of cherry blossoms and ask if they are truly whaling for scientific purposes.

  4. Jim Takahashi says:

    “research purposes”? MY ASS! What a pathetic excuse!! Whaling is another symbol of the militaristic JPN.

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠

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