Friday, 8 June 2012

Is Yahoo! profiting from the killing of whales and dolphins?

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
The report shows how Yahoo! Japan was in March found to be offering 249 whale products, including sashimi, bacon and canned whale meat, for sale on its fee-based sales and auction sites. That's about 100 more listings of individual products than Amazon's Japanese website was found to be selling when it was exposed earlier this year; in response, Amazon swiftly announced a ban on all such sales.

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