Stop Commercial Whaling

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Target: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

Goal: Do not resume commercial whaling in Japan

In March 2014, the United Nations told Japan to cease their commercial whaling efforts in the waters around Antarctica. Japan acted accordingly, stating that they would stop whaling in those waters, but recently the Prime Minister expressed a desire to resume this practice. It has brought outrage from conservationists from various countries.

In 2010, Australia brought a case against Japan’s whaling practices. Australia claimed that Japan’s whaling efforts were not for research and could be considered a commercial operation. (Despite a ban on commercial fishing in 1986, Japan exploited a loophole that allowed them to kill whales for the purpose of research.) The United Nations found that Australia was right and told Japan to cease whaling in Antarctica waters. Many critics of Japan’s whaling practice stated that the country did not need to kill whales to gather scientific data. One biologist stated that a tissue sample provides enough information about a whale’s life.

The ruling from United Nations only applies to the waters around Antarctica. Japan still legally kills mink whales off its coastal waters by exploiting the same loophole. Australia has already expressed its disdain for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s words, who wishes to continue whaling but with the mind set of gathering data for the management of whales.

Japanese politicians have expressed scorn at the United Nations’ ruling, fearing that the West is taking away their culture and traditions. One such politician joked about serving President Barack Obama whale meat the next time he visits. Tell the Prime Minister of Japan not to resume whaling as the United Nations told the country to cease such actions. The Prime Minster should also consider the precarious state of whales, whose numbers are dwindling thanks to human activity.


Dear Prime Minster Shinzo Abe,

In March of 2014, the United Nations told Japan to cease whaling off the coast of Antarctica, as the purpose of killing whales were not for research reasons, but were akin to a commercial operation. Such practices are banned by the Whaling Commission, as whales are endangered by overfishing. Despite this ruling, and the outcry against your country, you’ve expressed a desire to resume whaling.

I am writing this letter to demand your country to stop this practice at once. Whales are in a precarious state, and most of your citizens do not even eat whale meat. You have exploited this loophole before, but I hope that you will not choose to do so again. The United Nations told you to cease whaling off the coast of Antarctica and you should respect their decision.


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  1. Gordon Erasmuson says:

    Japan will stop whaling or suffer severe economic damage from ethical boycotts. So do the decent and sensible thing and bring your country some respect because you have none in the eyes of the world now. Japan has disgraced itself by slaughtering whales.

  2. Sheri Kennedy says:

    pure greed, selfishness, cruelty and pompous ignorance.

  3. Julie van Niekerk Julie van Niekerk says:

    The Japs must really be very stupid. For how many years have they been doing their research on whales and no answers?

  4. Australia’s justified outrage would carry so much more moral weight if its own Prime Minister showed even a modicum of regard for the country’s own natural heritage. The great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s ancient forests are under enormous threat from Australia itself.

  5. A.M. Hughes says:

    What will it take to get through to this country that ALL counties/People have a right to enjoy ALL of God’s Creatures. They have NO RIGHT to hunt whales to extinction! Since when did the rest of the world give Japan the right to unilaterally decide to decimate a species!!!

  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Ever since Japan lost the war they started, they just pick on marine life; safer that way.

  7. Rita Grahn says:

    Why does Japan always think they are above the law? And why does the rest of the world reinforce the Japs’ deluded ideas of superiority?

    • T Bruning says:

      They’re just bloody arrogant. With all the help the world has given them after the natural disasters they’ve been through, they just thumb their noses at us all as a way of saying thank you.

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