Imagine this, you are out in the ocean, swimming along with your friends and family. The sky is blue, the water is the perfect temperature. Life couldn't be better. Then all of a sudden a grenade-tipped harpoon plows into your chest.. It explodes. Your friends look on in horror as you are dragged to your death by a whaling ship. This is what happens hundreds of times a year all thanks to the horrific Japanese whaling industry.
The country is one of only a handful of nations that continues to harvest the cetaceans. Officials defend the practice in the name of science. They say the whales are harvested in order to conduct "biological sampling." However, according to many experts, non-lethal surveys have been shown to be just as fruitful.
Science though is only an excuse, in reality, the 333 minke Antarctic whales that were killed
last year likely ended up at the dinner table. Of the hundreds of whales that were taken in 2017 more than 180 of those were female and of those, nearly 70% were pregnant making the hunt even more tragic.
If the world cannot convince Japan to abandon its whaling program the bloodshed will continue since the country says they intend to kill at least 4000 whales over the next decade. According to a 2014 ruling by the International Court of Justice, Japan is breaking the law by continuing their Antarctic whaling program.
Countries like Australia and animal rights organizations around the world have urged Japan to stop to no avail. But we can't give up. Each and every one of our signatures let Japan know that we are against this horrible practice. Together, by speaking up, we can send a strong message. Please sign the petition and urge Japan to end their whaling program and stop this barbaric hunt.