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Whale Meat Available For Purchase on Japan

Whale Meat Available For Purchase on Japan


Written by Stephen Messenger

On, the world’s largest online retailer, even shoppers with the most obscure tastes can find just about anything their heart desires — including those with a hankering to eat beloved, ocean faring mammals. Ocean advocates are calling for the internet giant to halt the sale of illegal animal products following a report which revealed that whale meat was being openly sold on Amazon Japan’s online marketplace.

According to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a variety of whale, dolphin and porpoise products were found to be freely available for purchase on Amazon Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiarity site Amazon Japan. Among the 147 cetacean-based items for sale on Amazon during the agency’s investigation were a variety of whale jerky, whale stews, and canned whale meat products — some of which contained the flesh of species listed as endangered.

Given the international moratorium on the cruel practice of whaling, as well as the general decline in popularity of whale meat even in parts of the world where consuming it was considered tradition, conservationists are calling for the online megastore to those items from its digital shelves.

“ has a clear policy of banning trade in endangered and threatened species but is turning a blind eye to commercial trade in whale products from endangered and threatened whales on its Japanese website,” says Environmental Investigation Agency president Allan Thornton. “We are appealing to Jeff Bezos and Amazon to ensure that Amazon’s ban includes all trade in products from whales, dolphins and porpoises across all of Amazon’s websites.”

In hopes of sending their message home, EAI has released a 50-second advert replete with graphic imagery which highlights the serious cruelty associated with the whale meat trade:

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

UPDATE (12:13am PST): As of a couple hours ago, Amazon has removed this product from it’s website.


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10:14AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

:) no need for a petition! Whale meat removed after public outcry! :)

10:12AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Is there a Care2 petition to,sign & share? I would imagine most of us regularly use Amazon and would be happy to sign a petition for submission to Amazon Luxembourg (Headquarters) & Amazon Japan.

1:26PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

What happened to the scientific research??? I guess those results are at Shamefull.

8:52AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:57PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Wow, thanks for letting us know.

12:33AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Whales need protection not for consumption.

8:36PM PDT on May 20, 2012

So heart rendering the way Japan uses lies to KILL WHALES one of our Earth's most gentle living, breathing creations EVEN today

11:18AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks for posting!

8:44AM PDT on May 19, 2012

SHAME on you!!!!

9:12PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thank for the article and the video.

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