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.
[Your Name Here]
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