Japan has voiced their intent to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling. Despite the IWC's moratorium (indefinite ban) on commercial whaling, Japan has continued whaling over the last few decades, claiming their kills were being done for "scientific research," a practice that prompted international outrage. In September, the IWC rejected Japan's proposal to resume whaling and the country will most likely make a formal statement withdrawing from the commission over the next few days.
The continuation of whaling in Japan is nonsensical, particularly at a time where the ocean is being attacked from all sides. The activity isn't being done for food or resources. Whale meat isn't a very popular dish in Japan and there is an estimated 4,500 to 6,000 tons of whale meat sitting in long-term cold storage until some purpose can be found for it.
HOW CAN YOU HELP:
We encourage you to contact Senior Fisheries Negotiator Hideki Moronuki at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries website (https://www.contactus.maff.go.jp/j/form/kanbo/koho/160807.html) and voice your concern on the continuation of whaling.
You can also send the ministry letters at:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950
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