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Amazon called on to stop selling whale meat

Amazon called on to stop selling whale meat
February 21st, 2012
Author: Jeff Taylor

The Environmental Investigation Agency together with the Humane Society International have revealed that Amazon.com profits from the sale of products from whale, dolphin and porpoise (cetaceans).

Using a disturbing video (below) the organisations are calling on Amazon.com to cease their support of commercial whaling by ‘immediately and permanently’ banning the sale of products from cetaceans.

The EIA’s report, ‘Amazon.com’s Unpalatable Profits’ shows that a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon Inc, ‘Amazon Japan’, sells hundreds of such products. Some of these, says the report, are protected by the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Some of the items for sale are also products of the ‘infamous’ Taiji drive hunts as highlighted in the Oscar winning film ‘The Cove’.

Amazon is selling threatened and endangered cetacean species that are protected by two international treaties,” said Clare Perry, EIA Senior Campaigner “By allowing vendors to sell whale products on its sites, it is effectively helping to prop up an unsustainable trade that should have been consigned to the history books long ago.”

Further, EIA investigators that bought these products from Amazon Japan in 2011 found that six of the eight they purchased had mercury levels that exceeded the Japanese national limit of 0.4 parts per million (ppm). In fact one sample was found to contain a mercury level of 20 ppm, some fifty times the safe limit.


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There is also the fear that many of these products labelled as whale contain dolphin meat, because one third of the 147 listed products did not include the name of the species, in contravention of Japanese labelling laws says the EIA.

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If, as Amazon says, they are ‘constantly looking for ways to further reduce our environmental impact’ then all they need to do is ban these harmful products added Clare Perry.

Mark Jones, veterinarian and Executive Director of Humane Society International UK, said: “There is no humane way to kill whales, so the creatures slaughtered to produce the food products being sold by Amazon will have endured a bloody and painful death. Killing these remarkable giants of the sea for commercial gain is condemned by the majority of the world’s nations. As a global brand, Amazon must now act to protect both consumers from environmentally polluted products and cetaceans from the cruel exploitation of commercial whaling.” This is amply demonstrated in the horrific video below, which in truth probably shows just the tip of this nasty iceberg.

Image from Wikimedia Commons
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3 Responses to “Amazon called on to stop selling whale meat”

  1. Amazon.com is Selling Whale and Dolphin Meat, EIA Calls for Embargo – Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) says:

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  2. EIA Press release:

    AMAZON.COM REMOVES WHALE PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN WEBSITE

    LONDON, UK / WASHINGTON, DC: Internet giant Amazon.com appears to have removed all whale products from its wholly owned Japanese website overnight, following worldwide publicity that scores of whale products were offered for sale.

    A new campaign launched yesterday by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Humane Society International (HSI) revealed that Amazon Japan not only sells products from endangered and protected whale species, but also products containing dangerous levels of mercury.

    Worldwide publicity followed the release of the EIA report Amazon.com’s Unpalatable Profits and tens of thousands of people have taken action via Twitter, Facebook, HSI’s online petition, and sending protest emails to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

    EIA Senior Campaigner Clare Perry said: “We welcome Amazon’s action to remove whale products from its Japanese website but urge Amazon to confirm it will enact a company-wide ban on the sale of all products derived from whales, dolphins or porpoises.”

    Mark Jones, veterinarian and Executive Director of Humane Society International UK, said: “In just 24 hours, more than 35,000 HSI supporters have appealed to Amazon for a total ban on the sale of whale, dolphin and porpoise products. The public wants these animals protected rather than killed and sold for profit.”

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