Shut Down Whale and Dolphin Meat Market

Target: His Excellency Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Goal: Shut down the whale and dolphin meat market for good.

Several regions of the world still consume whale and dolphin meat, despite efforts to stop the trend. An in-house cafe at a Japanese marine park features dolphin on its menu, whale meat makes up most of the Alaskan Inuit diet, and Greenland’s natives and tourists alike feast on whale. Despite countries like Iceland and Britain cutting down their consumption, the sea mammal meat market continues to be a problem.

Not only is the consumption of whale and dolphin a major reason for the decline in both species over the past few decades, but the meat of these creatures is actually dangerous for humans. The bodies of dolphins and whales accumulate traces of heavy metals such as mercury or silver; when these metals are unknowingly consumed by humans, they can cause neurological disorders such as seizures and memory loss. Some territories are even aware of this; the Faroe Island government has issued a warning to its citizens against consuming dolphin despite it being a major part of their diet for years.

The sea mammal meat trade is a lose-lose situation for all involved. Innocent creatures are hunted and killed for their meat, and humans risk serious health problems by consuming it. Sign this petition to stop the whale and dolphin meat market once and for all.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Your Excellency Prime Minister Abe,

The dolphin and whale meat market still persists to this day, despite whaling and dolphin fishing being a major cause of the near-extinction of these creatures. Some countries have stopped their consumption of dolphin and whale, but others persist. Not only is this the cause of the species’ endangerment, but the meat is dangerous to humans due to its high concentration of heavy metals such as mercury. These can cause severe health problems such as memory loss, infertility, and seizures.

Your country is one of several that still consumes whale and dolphin meat, so you must set an example by outlawing the hunting of these creatures once and for all. Send the message to other countries and territories that the sea mammal meat market is not only cruel to the animals themselves, but that the meat is too dangerous for human consumption.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Buelow

Stop Senselessly Killing Pregnant Whales

Target: Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Goal: Switch to non-lethal survey methods to prevent the senseless killing of whales.

A report has revealed that during the annual whale hunt in Japan last summer, 120 pregnant whales were killed. In total 333 minke whales were caught and killed during a 12-week period. Of those 333, 128 were female and 122 of them were pregnant.

The numbers of whales killed in Japan last year were recently revealed in a technical report submitted to the International Whaling Commission. Members of the Institute of Cetacean Research, an agency involved with Japan’s fisheries ministry, wrote the report. Conservationist groups have met the numbers with shock.

Alexia Wellbelove of the Humane Society International said in a statement: “It is further demonstration, if needed, of the truly gruesome and unnecessary nature of whaling operations, especially when non-lethal surveys have been shown to be sufficient for scientific needs.”

Sign this petition to urge the Prime Minister of Japan to commit to non-lethal survey methods to prevent the senseless killing of whales.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Abe,

In a recent report, it was made public knowledge that Japan killed 333 minke whales last season. 122 of those killed were pregnant. This senseless killing was rationalized by saying that the whale slaughter was necessary for scientific surveys. However, many nations are conducting surveys on whales without killing the specimen.

I urge you to switch to non-lethal survey methods so that the senseless killing of whales at Japanese hands will come to an end.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Herry Lawford

Denounce the Slaughter of Over One Hundred Pregnant Whales

Target: Erik Solheim, Head of the United Nations Environmental Programme

Goal: Demand that Japan stop slaughtering vulnerable whales for so-called ‘scientific research.’

Japan has reportedly killed over one hundred pregnant whales, and slaughtered an additional one hundred juvenile whales during its annual whaling activities in the Antarctic. This hunt continues despite international condemnation and the illegality of killing members of these protected species. We must demand that this nation be held accountable for murdering these innocent creatures.

Japanese whaling fleets reportedly killed 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica. Of these, roughly a third were immature whales and an estimated 120 were pregnant females, or 63 percent of the female whales captured. In apparent disregard for international conservation law, many of these whales were found to have been hunted in waters designated as marine wildlife sanctuaries.

Japan can no longer hide behind the excuse that these killings are done for scientific purposes, especially when much of the meat ends up in supermarkets and upper class restaurants. This so-called ‘biological sampling’ is harmful to whale populations and to the marine ecosystem as a whole. Sign the petition below and urge the United Nations to demand that Japan be held accountable for violating international law with these cruel and unnecessary hunts.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Solheim,

I am writing to express my outrage that Japanese whaling fleets continue to prowl the Antarctic ocean each summer, barbarically harpooning protected species of whales with impunity. Despite strict international laws regarding commercial activity in Antarctic whale sanctuaries, whaling vessels allegedly butchered over one hundred pregnant minke whales and an additional one hundred juveniles, with much of the meat destined for supermarkets and restaurants.

Although Japan claims that these actions are carried out in the name of ‘scientific research’, there is little evidence that any real research is being done, outside of twelve appointed on-board researchers tasked with weighing the organs and inspecting the stomach contents of slaughtered whales. This is nothing more than a thinly veiled excuse to continue commercial whaling, and it is time that the international community demand that it be brought to an end. I urge you to work with the International Court of Justice to ensure that Japan is held accountable for flagrantly violating international law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Customs and Border Protection Service, Australia