After months of denial, this week, Japanese officials admitted that Fisheries Agency officers have been accepting gifts of whale meat in excess of $3000. This comes as no surprise to those who are aware of Japan's corrupt whaling industry, but to the wider world, it serves as a public embarrasment and loss of credibility for Japan. And this presents great opportunity.
For years, Japan has been pushing to lift the global ban on whaling—often using dirty tactics—and has been exploiting a loophole in the policy that allows for whaling for "scientific research." This summer, after frustrating negotiations at the International Whaling Commission meeting, Australia filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Japanese whaling activities. This court, however, is painfully slow, and right now, Japanese whalers are heading south, with plans to hunt whales around Antarctica in an area twice the size as those in the past.
The recent evidence of Japan's clear intentions to hunt whales for profit demands immediate response by the international community. And the best response is for the International Court of Justice to issue an immediate injunction.
Join Australian Opposition party members in calling for an immediate injunction on Japanese whaling activities. Sign here to send a letter to the U.S. State Department and International Whaling Commission representative Monica Medina telling them that America must be a leader in responding to this abuse of the global whaling moratorium.