Fin Whales to Be Hunted Again—Help End This!

Fin Whales to Be Hunted Again—Help End This!

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Pongsatorn Jaithieng started this petition to International Whaling Commission

For the first time since 1986, Japan has resumed commercial whale hunting. Japan announced that it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in order to restart commercial whaling in July 2019. 

Japan decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume whaling in coastal waters. The commission of more than 80 countries was established in 1946 to conserve whales and manage whale hunting around the world; they officially banned commercial whaling in 1986. 

When Japan leaves the IWC, they will be able to freely hunt species of this incredible animal that are currently under protection. According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Japan has tried to justify the decision by saying that some whale populations such as Minke whales have recovered. However, the population of the Minke whale is still not large enough to survive increased whaling and most whale populations have not yet recovered, such as the Blue whale and Fin whale. 

Although Japan is the main market for whale meat, consumption there is limited of an ounce per person a year, which about 4,000 to 5,000 tons according to a report by the Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit that seeks to alleviate animal suffering, and the Environmental Investigation Agency, which tracks international wildlife crime.

While Japan decided to resume commercial whale hunting, in the meantime Japan was not the first country to withdraw from the IWC. As reported by the International Marine Mammal Project, "Iceland which was an original member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and accepted the temporary halt on commercial whaling which came into effect in the mid-1980s, then left in 1992 after the IWC refused to authorize quotas." As a result, this opened up the path for "Kristján Loftsson", the wealthy CEO hunting fin whale who has planned to resume the hunt in 2018. Thereupon the status of his company showed that by the end of the season, "146 fin whales had been killed, including at least two rare blue/fin whale hybrids. A dozen pregnant females were also hunted. Six minke whales were killed."

In effect, the outcome with most profit-making whale hunting is not Japan, but Iceland who has the most commercial. Additionally, as stated in the Conservation and Animal Protection Groups, the truth of Iceland and Japan is that "they have taken out reservations against the listing of fin whales under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and can legally trade this endangered species with each other." It shows that Iceland is making no efforts to stop whaling at all. Meanwhile, it is emphasizing to Japan’s situation if they still want to become the country with most commercial whaling. Iceland is a great example for Japan if they willing to keep the action on hunting fin whales.

First of all, if we need to end this situation, The International Whaling Commission must negotiate with Japan’s government to pass out the law. Whoever’s commercial fin whale will become illegal. So this way can stop the markets and restaurants from selling the whale meats. As well, we need as many people to take the concern to Kristján Loftsson in order to let him realize that it is not right to make a profit by dealing with animal life.   

If Japan does not change this decision to withdraw then more whales will start being killed and it may drive some species to extinction, we won’t know how many more whales they are catching, and we wouldn’t know how many of these beautiful animals we have been losing.  

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