The 2019 Rugby World Cup was held in Japan.
The Japanese government still sanctions whale hunts.
The rugby may be over, but the whaling continues.
127 million people live in Japan. Most of them don't eat whale meat.
We need to support this majority to bring an end to whaling from within Japan.
During the Rugby World Cup, we asked you to let us know what you love most about Japan. We'll use your responses to send a strong message to the Japanese tourist authorities to let them know that we want to visit their beautiful country but whaling is damaging their reputation as a tourist destination.
Almost 6,000 people took part.
A BIG thank you to all of you!
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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
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.