Is Yahoo! profiting from the killing of whales and dolphins?07/06/2012 06:27:30 Internet giant urged to ban all sales of whale and dolphin products
June 2012. Hundreds of whale products are being offered for sale on the Japanese website of internet search engine company Yahoo!, according to a new report.
Killing for Commerce, (Download here) released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in conjunction with Humane Society International (HSI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), details how Yahoo! Japan facilitates the sale of whale meat in Japan and how parent company Yahoo!, based in the USA, profits from the sales of products made from endangered whales. EIA tests also have produced evidence that products derived from dolphin are also sold.
"Yahoo! continues to ignore international outrage over the sale of whale and dolphin products via its Japanese website, even as it continues to profit from the slaughter of whales and dolphins," said EIA Senior Campaigner Clare Perry.
Although Yahoo! has banned the sale of endangered and protected species from all other Yahoo! sites, EIA, HSI and NRDC are deeply concerned that the company has made no significant effort to persuade its Japanese subsidiary to end the sale of whale and dolphin products.
249 whale products on sale
Fin, Sei, Minke, sperm and Bryde's whale
"Yahoo! should respect international laws rather than offering market access to those who want to profit from flaunting these protective agreements," said Kitty Block, vice president of HSI.
High mercury levels
"We appeal to Yahoo! to follow Amazon's lead and stop the sale of all whale and dolphin products," said Taryn Kiekow, staff attorney for NRDC. "By selling these products, Yahoo! Japan is condoning the slaughter of internationally recognised endangered and protected species. Whale meat is not only unsafe for human consumption, but is a travesty for the biological diversity of our oceans."
EIA and its campaign allies are calling on supporters and consumers to protest directly to Yahoo! CEO Ross Levinsohn via email and social media.