Amazon: Stop selling whale meat!

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Originally Posted: February 21, 2012

Amazon: Stop selling whale meat!

[Ed. Note: VICTORY update as of 2/22/12. From HSUS.org: "Update 2/22: Just 24 hrs after our campaign to urge Amazon to pull whale meat from its shelves, the products have been removed. We’re encouraged by this positive development, and we’ll close our action alert when they finalize a formal policy to make sales of whale meat history!"]

FROM Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

ACTION

Urge Amazon.com President & 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.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5369&s_src=hsiemail021612&JServSessionIdr004=73i1o7ltv7.app341b

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Japan continues to undermine international laws by hunting whales and trading in whale meat. These great whale species are afforded full legal protection by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) 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. These include endangered fin whale products from Iceland, as well as endangered whale meat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Some of the whale products sold by Amazon.jp are highly polluted with mercury and constitute a significant risk to the health of consumers. In February 2011, the Environmental Investigation Agency analyzed several whale products from Amazon.jp and found that the majority of those tested contained mercury levels exceeding Japanese national limits.

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.  


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