Whaling is a huge issue in Japan, with the local waters looking like a bloodbath. Animal advocates work diligently and continually to stop the cruelty, but their efforts meet with opposition. Sei Whales are highly endangered and a target for Japan in North Pacific seas. They openly admit to an ongoing plan to slaughter more whales in the name of science.

Sei whales in North Pacific waters off Japan shores endangered

Japan sent their proposal to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that they are adamant about plans to “research” the Sei whales for another 12 years in the name of science. This plan is in addition to the whaling for science that they do in the Antarctic.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had already ruled against whaling in Japan back in 2014, stating that it is illegal and must stop. If their plan continues, more than 3,700 whales will be slaughtered in the North Pacific over the next 12 years, on top of the approximate 4,000 killed in the Southern Ocean by Japan.

Preserving the existence of the Sei whale

The Sei whale is highly endangered, and their demise is estimated to increase from about 90 to 140 whales annually. This species of whale is the most valuable as a commercial commodity in the Japanese markets. Another species of whale targeted in Japanese coastal waters is the Minke whale. They too are killed offshore by factory ships in much the same manner and for the same reasons as the Sei whales. Despite their claims to kills these majestic animals in the name of science, it is all about potential revenue from the sale of whale meat.

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Despite the ruling and laws presented by the IWC, Japan finds its way around the proposal. However, ICJ and legal experts assembled by the IFAW believe that are other possibilities to stop whaling and the continual whale slaughter. The hope is that Japan will abandon its cruel plan and stop making a mockery of science and research by harming the whales. Put an end to Japan’s international reputation and instead, embrace the domestic whaling industry, instead of continuing to kill these majestic animals of the sea.