Whales around Japan need your help
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Whales around Japan urgently need your help
I’m sure that you were as upset and angry as us to hear that Japan’s whaling boats have just returned from their Antarctic hunt, having slaughtered 333 minke whales.
Of the 333 whales killed, 186 were males and 147 females. If we go by last year’s figures we can assume that well over 100 of these whales they killed were carrying a baby.
Why do we need your help?
Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve stood firm against whaling for 30 years and defeated all Japan’s efforts to overturn the commercial whaling ban.
Since the news broke three months ago that Japan would be leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC is the body that regulates whaling) to resume large-scale commercial whale hunts, we have been working hard to determine the most effective ways to tackle this new Japanese government tactic. We are currently reviewing all possible legal actions that we could take. In addition we are working closely with governments, contacts in Japan and other like-minded organisations to fight against the commercial whale slaughter. Like a game of chess, we need to watch carefully and plan to counter their every move.
From July, the Japanese hunters will kill sei, Bryde’s and minke whales in the same way that they kill around 3,000 dolphins and ‘small’ whales every year – in unregulated hunts with no accountability. We can’t let that happen again.
Many anti-whaling countries have already voiced their dismay and concern with Japan´s decision. We must work together.
How will we use your money?
With your donation our whaling team will:
- participate in the IWC scientific committee taking place between 10th–22nd May in Nairobi. We will be on the ground to hear Japan lay out their plans for commercial whaling and will support key governments in their responses.
- demonstrate that scientific research has proven the importance of whales for healthy oceans and our planet. Science does not support whaling and it is clear that killing whales is bad for the ocean ecosystem.
- continue to work with lawyers to scrutinise the legality of Japan’s decision to leave the IWC and evaluate the possibility for legal steps against it.
- continue to work with partners in Japan, global charities and government departments to leverage diplomatic pressure.
Whaling is horrifically cruel and we must not let commercial whaling decimate fragile whale populations, many of which haven’t fully recovered from previous large scale commercial hunts.
Thank you so much for your support, it really is appreciated.
Astrid Fuchs, WDC stop whaling lead
Please be assured that any money donated over and above the needs of this appeal will be put to good use to help whales and dolphins around the work.