Stop Allowing Whales to be Killed 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 177 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.


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 177 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.


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Photo Credit: NOAA

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  1. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Joji – the whales that Japan slaughters under the cover of ‘research’ are citizens of this Earth too and they have just as much a right as you and I do to live their lives on this planet, free from torture and murder at the hands of humans. Please use your power and position to put an end to this senseless slaughter and show the world that Japan will no longer participate in this mass murder of whales. Please!

  2. This is an Asian country, what do expect? Heartless beings.

  3. Stop now you cruel bastards Asian arseholes haven’t your country got any heart .

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

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