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).