Target: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
Goal: Do not resume whale hunts
Japan has killed 30 minke whales off of its northeast coast, the first whale kills since the United Nations court ordered the country to stop its whale hunt in Antarctica. The slaughter of whales has angered many marine scientists and animal advocates, especially after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that Japan will resume whaling in Antarctic waters.
The Japanese whaling fleet in the town of Ayukawa finished its whaling mission in April 2014. The haul included 30 minke whales, 16 of which were males, and the whales averaged six meters. It is the first whaling mission the country has completed since the United Nations ruled against its whaling operations in Antarctica. Japan utilized a loophole in a whaling ban that allowed it to slaughter whales for the purpose of research. A case was brought against Japan by Australia, and the United Nations ruled that Japan’s whaling efforts were not for research, but were akin to a commercial operation. Hundreds of whales were slaughtered each year, and most of the meat went to the market.
While a majority of Japanese citizens do not eat whale meat, it still ends up in restaurants and grocery stores. Some Japanese people feel it is the country’s right to hunt these mammals, as it is tradition and culture. While whale meat is a good source of protein, marine ecosystems are in danger because of human activity. The species is under threat by humans and we need to ensure that they will be around for future generations to enjoy.
Sign this petition to urge Japan to stop whale hunts immediately.
Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
Recently, a whaling fleet in the town of Ayukawa finished its mission, resulting in the death of 30 minke whales. As I am sure you realize, the world is not happy with your country’s whaling efforts. While many Japanese people do not eat whale meat, the slaughter of whales continues. Japan has also angered the world because the whale slaughter is justified through tradition and culture.
While the practice of hunting whales is one that many coastal countries partake in, it should not be done for the sake of tradition, but necessity. And if your people do not want to eat whale, then why should these creatures be slaughtered? These marine animals are one of the largest creatures on Earth, and their species is in danger because of humans. I am demanding that you curb your whaling efforts before your country’s image becomes further tarnished.
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