Animal rights activists have launched a new campaign after discovering the Seattle-based Amazon.com sells a variety of products made from whale meat on its Japanese website including bacon and jerky.
More than 145 food products derived from whales, dolphins
and porpoises are for sale on Amazon Japan, according to a new report by the non-profit British-based Environmental
“Amazon.com has a clear policy of banning trade in
endangered and threatened species but is turning a blind
eye to commercial trade in whale products from endangered
and threatened whales on its Japanese website,” said Allan Thornton, president of the Environmental Investigation Agency in a statement.
The group said that in 2011 its investigators purchased a
number of 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, according to the report published in partnership with the Humane Society International.
The group is calling on Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to personally intercede and stop selling the products. But Thornton said the company has not responded to numerous requests for action or comment.