Web giant Yahoo is said to be distancing itself from claims that it was promoting the sale of whale meat products on its yahoo.co.jp’s online store.
Many of the products found on the site by the British-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) are said to come from protected and endangered whale species.
Yahoo has responded by saying that they only have minority shares in Yahoo Japan, and cannot impose unilateral bans upon the site.
Web giant Yahoo! is moving to distance itself from a Japanese affiliate found to be promoting the sale of whale meat.
Screen grabs taken from yahoo.co.jp’s online store by the British-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) show it promoting tinned and fresh whale products, despite a ban by Yahoo! on such sales elsewhere in the world. See here and here.
But Yahoo! Inc told Fairfax Media it lacked the power to impose corporate policies on Yahoo! Japan.
EIA’s investigation into the Japanese site turned up 249 whale products for sale.
“Many of these products originate from great whales – namely fin, sei, minke, sperm and Bryde’s whale – all protected species under the moratorium on commercial whaling established by the International Whaling Commission since 1986,” it said.
Among the products, seven were claimed to be for fin whale, a listed endangered species, from Iceland.
EIA said its investigators bought 10 cetacean products through the Yahoo! Japan online store of which three lacked a species name, contravening labelling laws, and five exceeded national limits for mercury contamination.
“DNA analysis of the products … showed one product sold as ‘fin whale bacon from Iceland’ was in fact Southern Ocean minke whale.”
Source: Illawara Mercury