Environmental groups are targeting Yahoo! for the sale of endangered whale and dolphin products on its Japanese portal.
The Environmental Investigation Agency, in conjunction with Humane Society International and the Natural Resources Defense Council, released a report, which the groups say, details how Yahoo! Japan facilitates the sale of endangered whale meat in Japan. The groups say that Yahoo! profits from the sales.
In addition, the EIA said that it has evidence that dolphin-based products are also being sold.
Yahoo! has banned the sale of endangered and protected species from its other portals.
According to the report, Yahoo! Japan was offering 249 whale-derived products — sashimi, bacon, and canned whale meat among them — for sale in March 2012. The report found that many of the products, “are from internationally protected great whale species including fin, sei, minke, sperm and Bryde’s whale – all of which are protected under the moratorium on commercial whaling established by the International Whaling Commission in 1986 and have the highest level of protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.”
EIA and its campaign allies are calling on supporters and consumers to protest directly to Yahoo! CEO Ross Levinsohn via email and social media.
– Staff Report