Target: Minister of Agriculture Yoshimasa Hayashi
Goal: Denounce Japan’s decision to continue whaling off the coast of Antarctica
Japan recently agreed to stop whaling in Antarctica, but then immediately reversed its position and decided to resume its whale slaughter. Commercial whaling has been banned by the International Whaling Commission, but certain loopholes can be found in the law. For instance, if a nation claims the whaling was done for research purposes, they are allowed to continue the slaughter. A lawsuit brought by Australia claimed that Japan was not killing whales for research purposes, but for the meat. Australia won the lawsuit and Japan claimed it would stop whaling… but then it quickly reversed course.
Very little people actually eat whale meat in Japan, and political analysts believe the move to continue whaling was done by political conservatives who believe in continuing the tradition of eating whale meat. Many Japanese politicians think that their way of life is being dominated by foreigners, and one such politician joked about giving President Obama whale meat the next time he visited the country.
With the recent claims made by Japanese politicians, it is highly unlikely that whaling will be done solely for research purposes. Before the court made its ruling, most of the whale meat Japan acquired was sent to commercial markets. Sign this petition and denounce the country for going back on their word and continuing the slaughter.
Dear Minister of Agriculture Yoshimasa Hayashi,
I am writing to express my outrage towards your country’s decision to continue whaling off of Antarctica. Japan recently stated that they would discontinue whaling in that region, and not even a month after making this statement, you’ve gone back on your word.
I realize that your country is redesigning the whaling program to make it more research based, but with politicians claiming to uphold whaling traditions, I find this reason to be a cover up. I do not believe your continued slaughter for whales is for research purposes. I believe your country is doing so because it wants to uphold a tradition, which is harming the whale population. I urge you to stop whaling completely.
[Your Name Here]
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