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SeaWorld Calls for End to Japan’s Commercial Whaling

Share This Article: Adult and calf minke whales are dragged aboard a Japanese whaling vessel. Australian government photo SeaWorld and the Humane Society are demanding that President Obama help end commercial whaling by Japan.In a letter to Obama dated Thursday, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Humane Society of the United …

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Adult and calf Minke whales are dragged aboard a Japanese whaling vessel. Australian government photoAdult and calf minke whales are dragged aboard a Japanese whaling vessel. Australian government photo

SeaWorld and the Humane Society are demanding that President Obama help end commercial whaling by Japan.

In a letter to Obama dated Thursday, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Humane Society of the United States called for the United States to take the lead in convincing Japan to end commercial whaling.

“During the last several years, Japan has flouted international law and world opinion concerning whaling, without any meaningful diplomatic consequences, and the situation is getting worse,” the letter states.

“The United States is well-positioned to lead a comprehensive effort to persuade Japan to abandon commercial whaling as an anachronism that is imprudent, unnecessary for food security, and economically unsound.”

The letter was signed by Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld, and Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society.

The joint letter is a product of a recently announced partnership between SeaWorld and Humane Society focused on the health of our oceans and the animals that call them home.

Japan’s whaling fleet recently returned from the Antarctic with a take of 333 minke whales — 103 males and 230 females, more than two-thirds of which were pregnant.

Japanese President Shinzo Abe is currently visiting Washington for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.

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