Obama urged to pressure Japan to end whaling
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Obama urged to pressure Japan to end whaling

A MARINE theme park and animal rights advocacy group in the United States has urged President Barack Obama to pressure his Japanese counterpart to end commercial whaling activities in the Asian country.

SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby and Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle sent Obama a letter Thursday urging him to treat the end of commercial whaling as a much stronger priority for action within the context of America’s diplomatic relationship with Japan.

The letter accuses Japan of flouting international law and world opinion. It also points out that the United States has the power to lead a comprehensive effort in ending the practice.

The partnership between SeaWorld and The Humane Society comes just weeks after the theme park company announced that it would no longer breed orcas in captivity and would soon stop making them perform.

In the letter, Manby said: “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 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 call to pressure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came in wake of his current visit to Washington, D.C., to attend the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press