Whale Meat Available For Purchase on Amazon.com Japan


Written by Stephen Messenger

On Amazon.com, 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.

“Amazon.com 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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Peggy Ross
Peggy R.2 years ago

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


Peggy Ross
Peggy R.2 years ago

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.

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

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

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Wow, thanks for letting us know.


Heather Marvin
Heather Marv3 years ago

Whales need protection not for consumption.

Cindy D.
Cindy D.3 years ago

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

Aimee A.
Aimee A.3 years ago

Thanks for posting!

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

SHAME on you Amazon.com!!!!

David N.
David N.3 years ago

Thank for the article and the video.