Stop Yahoo! From Profiting Off Illegal Whale Meat

Target: Yahoo! CEO Ross Levinsohn

Goal: Ban the sale of whale products on subsidiary Yahoo! Japan

Despite all the international criticism and attention surrounding whale hunting, yet another U.S. company is found to be indirectly profiting off of the sale of whale products.  Yahoo! Japan, a subsidiary of the American web giant Yahoo!, lists whale products for sale on its site.  Tell Yahoo! CEO Ross Levinsohn to quickly ban the sale of whale products on Yahoo! Japan before Yahoo!’s name becomes tarnished.

The story of whale hunting is well publicized by now, thanks to shows like Whale Wars and the relentless work of other conservation groups across the world.  Only a few countries in the world still allow the hunting of whales.  Japan hunts and kills hundreds of whales each year for “scientific reasons,” although critics point out how many whale products end up on the black market in the country.  Many of the whale species that Japan kills were hunted to near extinction and are trying to rebound.  Japanese fishermen have also been known to hunt within the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary established by the International Whaling Commission.

Earlier this year, Amazon came under heavy criticism when it was found out that their subsidiary in Japan was listing whale products for sale.  They quickly responded with a ban of all whale products on all of their websites.  Yahoo!’s situation looks to be nearly identical.  An environmental group found 249 whale products for sale on Yahoo! Japan’s website including sushi, bacon and canned whale meat.  Yahoo! has 34% interest in Yahoo! Japan.  That means Yahoo! is profiting off of the sales of these items.  There is only one thing to do: ban the sale of these products on all Yahoo! websites immediately.


Dear Mr. Ross Levinsohn,

You may recall earlier this year when Amazon came under fire because it was found that one of their websites in Japan was listing whale products for sale.  Whale hunting has been banned by nearly every country in the world, but Japan continues to hunt a variety of whale species for scientific purposes.  The meat from these whales usually ends up on the market and Amazon was technically profiting off the sale of these illegal products.  They quickly responded by issuing a ban on all whale products on their websites.

It seems as if Yahoo! may have a nearly identical problem on its hands.  An environmental group found 249 whale products listed on Yahoo! Japan’s websites, including whale sushi, whale bacon and canned whale meat.  Yahoo! has a 34% interest in Yahoo! Japan and is therefore profiting off the sale of these illegal and inhumane products.  What you must do is clear.  Ban the sale of all whale products on your websites or face swift condemnation from citizens and consumers across the globe.  Please do the right thing immediately.


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