whale meat on amazon japan

A couple of days ago, as reported by the Environment News Service, it was possible to buy more than 145 food products derived from whales, dolphins and porpoises from the Amazon Japan website. Reportedly, investigators purchased whale products from Amazon Japan, including canned whale meat, whale jerky, whale bacon and whale stew, some from endangered species. Many of the products were found to be contaminated with toxic mercury at levels far higher than Japan’s allowable limit. Results were presented in a report entitled “Amazon.com’s Unpalatable Profits” published by the Environmental Investigation Agency. Thousands of people have taken action via Twitter, Facebook, HSI’s online petition, and sending protest emails to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 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.” After such strong call, Amazon removed cetaceans’ meat from its Japanese website. Finally a good news!


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