Yahoo! Profits from Illegal Slaughter of Whales


by Taryn KiekowStaff Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Do you care about whales? Do you ever use the internet giant Yahoo!? Then you should know that Yahoo! Japan is selling whale and dolphin products on its website, including meat from endangered species.

Although Yahoo! has banned the sale of whale products on all its other sites, its Japanese subsidiary – Yahoo! Japan – continues to sell whale products.  That means Yahoo! – through its 34% interest in Yahoo! Japan – profits from the illegal slaughter of whales.

According to a report just issued by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in March 2012, Yahoo! Japan offered 249 whale products for sale – including sashimi, bacon and canned whale meat.

The International Whaling Commission has banned commercial whaling since 1986. Yet Japan continues to kill whales under the guise of “scientific research” – even within the boundaries of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary established by the IWC in 1994 to protect whales.

Each year, Japan issues itself “scientific research” quotas to kill some 1,000 minke, fin, sperm, Bryde’s and sei whales in the Antarctic and North Pacific oceans. Many of these whales were hunted nearly to extinction and are only now rebounding from centuries of overhunting.

By selling whale products, Yahoo! Japan is helping Japan’s efforts to evade international law and kill whales for commercial gain.

Earlier this year, Amazon’s Japanese website was found to be selling whale products.  In response to public outrage, Amazon swiftly announced a ban on all such sales.

Now is the time for Yahoo! to follow Amazon’s lead. Join NRDC, EIA and the Humane Society in urging Yahoo! Japan to stop the sale of all whale products.

Click here and tell Yahoo! to use its influence over Yahoo! Japan to permanently ban the sale of all whale products on Yahoo! Japan’s website.


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Mary K.
M. C5 years ago

Use another site rather than Yahoo .

melissa c.
mel c6 years ago

greed knows no end

Ari Georgsson
Ari Georgsson6 years ago

United States has one of the largest whaling fleets in the world.
Your mission - to track down anyone buying fish from Alaska fisherman.

Hillary K.
Hillary K6 years ago


Sarah W.
Sarah H6 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing :)

Arrie Hammel
Arrie Hammel6 years ago

I had no idea. Looking into this more carefully. If totally accurate, I will stop using Yahoo and I use it very little at present. If true, I'm disgusted and will write letters to hopefully encourage Yahoo to stop the practise. Japan or no Japan.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

Message sent.

Melania Padilla
Melania P6 years ago

Signed and shared! Shame on you Yahoo! Just disgusting.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright6 years ago

Please make sure you sign and forward this petition. What Yahoo is doing is disgusting and vile. They MUST be stopped. I've seen what an impact Care 2 members can make....let's do it again and let Yahoo know that we will not allow this to continue. Shame on Yahoo.