Since 2007, the Japan Animal Welfare Society has been supporting the work of EIA to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans).
Its grants have contributed to several investigations into the hunting of cetaceans in Japan’s coastal waters and the sale of products from these hunts. EIA’s exposés of the cruelty of the hunts, their unsustainability and the high levels of pollutants found in the meat and blubber of the animals killed, combined with its determined campaigning, have contributed to more than 3,000 Japanese supermarkets ending the sale of cetacean products. Major online retailers Rakuten and Amazon also ended their sales. This has significantly reduced demand for these products, placing pressure on Japan’s whale and dolphin hunting industry and helping to avoid an expansion of the hunts.
Grants from JAWS have also contributed to EIA’s highly respected work with the International Whaling Commission. EIA has been a leading voice in ensuring the international ban on commercial whaling remains in place, emphasising that it is just as important today as it was four decades ago.
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