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Group says Amazon.com profits from sale of whale meat

Group says Amazon.com profits from sale of whale meat

by Susan Wyatt

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KING5.com

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 21 at 7:01 PM

The Humane Society of the United States is targeting Amazon.com for selling whale meat in Japan through www.amazon.co.jp.

HSUS sites a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency, which says that in December 2011, a search for ‘whale’ on www.amazon.co.jp yielded 147 whale products for sale. Many of these products originate from great whales, namely fin, sei, minke and Bryde’s whale, which are all protected species under the moratorium on commercial whaling established by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) since 1986."

HSUS has lauched a write-in campaign, appealing to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to "do the right thing by permanently and immediately banning the sale of all whale, dolphin and porpoise products on Amazon's web sites"

An Amazon spokeswoman said the items "are not available for sale."

The EIA has released a campaign video

Amazon Sells Whale Meat from EIA on Vimeo.

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