Whale products being sold on Amazon
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes, Video.
Photo: David Ashley / Shutterstock.com

Apparently, Amazon.com is not for saving the whales. The website is selling endangered whale meat, to the outrage of animal advocates and environmentalists.

According to Mirror, animal rights organizations have found 147 illegal items being sold through the website. Among those items are whale curry, stew, bacon and hamburger all made from whale meat. The international ban on whaling was established in 1982.

Humane Society International (HSI) has launched a campaign to stop Amazon from selling the products from whales and other marine mammals. The items for sale include endangered fin whale products from Iceland and meat of endangered whales from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, the high seas battleground of Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling campaigns shown on Whale Wars.

HSI writes, “Japan continues to undermine international laws by hunting whales and trading in whale meat. These great whale species are afforded legal protection by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); yet Amazon.com, through its wholly owned subsidiary Amazon.jp in Japan, is actively involved in the sale of hundreds of whale, dolphin and porpoise products.”

The organization also points out that these products are contaminated with mercury and are dangerous for consumers. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found many of the items to exceed Japan’s national limits on mercury. You can read the EIA’s full report here; they also state that the products include meat from the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, shown in The Cove.

“As Amazon.com Inc. profits from Amazon.jp’s sale of whale products, it is responsible not only for facilitating the sale of products from endangered and protected species, but also for allowing the sale of contaminated food products which pose a potential health threat to the people consuming them,” HSI adds.

To join HSI in asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to permanently ban whale, dolphin and porpoise products from the site, you can send their pre-written letter or add in your own message. A petition has also been started by animal advocates on Care2.

Watch EIA’s ‘Amazon Sells Whale Meat’ video below (some graphic footage).

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Anonymous

    Criminal charges should be brought against Amazon for its participation in the sale of whale and dolphin meat. The Marine Mammal Protection Act states that it is unlawful for anyone under the jurisdiction of the USA to possess, transport, or sell whale and dolphin meat. Amazon is a U.S. company that is violating Federal laws — as well as international conventions that also prohibit the whale trade.

  • http://twitter.com/lilredhsb2 Jamie

    It’s not illegal to sell whale in Japan. The MMPA is a USA law not Japanese law.

    • Anonymous

      Amazon is a US company — amazon.co.jp is just the Japan website for the US company and NOT a Japanese company. Therefore the company is subject to the MMPA.

      • Kevin

        They don’t care about the MMPA, they care about public perception. They are not going to bother keeping this tiny revenue in light of the negative PR. No US District Attorney would be interested in charging them, as they had no role in teh take and the law specifically proscribes the take. US-flagged ships would be barred from taking MM, but other than that the law has little overseas teeth, as makes sense given the nature of jurisdiction.