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Help us stop whaling this Rugby World Cup

Whaling still happens in Japan BUT only around 300 people, of the 127m population, are involved in the industry.

Congratulations to South Africa on winning the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

This season, Japanese whalers have killed 212 whales. A few politicians help keep the hunts going. And most Japanese people don’t even eat the meat.

So let’s support this majority.

Let’s show them some love! These are the people that can help us bring an end to whaling.

Art, karaoke, sushi, manga, cherry blossom? Tell us what you love about Japan and we’ll send your positive messages to the Japanese agencies responsible for tourism to encourage them to support whale watching not whale killing.

Whaling is an emotive issue and we get that. But remember, most people in Japan don’t eat whale meat or actively support whaling, yet too often they get blamed for the actions of a few politicians.

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127 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN JAPAN

BUT ONLY 300 OF THEM ARE INVOLVED IN THE WHALING INDUSTRY

95% OF JAPANESE PEOPLE VERY RARELY OR NEVER EAT WHALE MEAT

ONLY 2% OF THE MEAT CONSUMED IN JAPAN IS WHALE MEAT

THIS SEASON JAPANESE WHALERS KILLED 223 WHALES. THAT'S ENOUGH TO COVER 3 RUGBY PITCHES

2019 IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST EVER WHALE WATCHING TRIP IN JAPAN

TODAY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JAPANESE GO WHALE WATCHING EVERY YEAR

Bryde's whale illustration

Love whales? Please don't eat them in Japan.

How will you recognise whale meat or other products made from whales? These can include:

  • Raw red meat served as sashimi or carpaccio
  • Whale bacon
  • Canned whale meat
  • Whale burgers
  • Even whale-flavoured ice-cream.

The Japanese characters are クジラ  or  くじら or  鯨 but some whale products may be marketed in English to tourists.

Be aware, it’s illegal to bring any whale product into the UK and the EU in your luggage. Bring any whale meat home and you may face prosecution.

Minke whale illustration

What are we trying to achieve?

Things are changing in Japan.  The consumption of whale meat has fallen by 99% in the last 50 years and the Japanese whale watching industry doubled between 2008 and 2015.  A growing number of young people oppose whaling and Japanese activists have been taking to the streets to protest against the controversial drive hunts in Taiji.

So while WDC will continue to campaign to stop whaling in Japan, we also need to support the growing anti-whaling movement in the country - it will be the Japanese people who finally bring an end to whaling, just as British, American and Australian people did in their countries.

We need to:

  • Work with groups and individuals in Japan to support and mobilise the anti-whaling movement.
  • Help to give an international voice to Japanese opposition to whaling.
  • Raise awareness in Japan of the huge taxpayer subsidies that the Japanese government is using to prop up this archaic industry.
  • Ensure that international pressure is brought to bear on those who sanction these hunts to shore-up their own political positions, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Demonstrate that non-lethal scientific research has proven how important whales are for healthy oceans and the survival of our planet.
  • Continue to work with other charities all over the world and with government departments to leverage diplomatic pressure.

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