Japanese whale meat ‘being sold in US and Korea’


Scientists say they have found clear proof that meat from whales captured under Japan’s whaling programme is being sold in US and Korean eateries. The researchers say they used genetic fingerprinting to identify meat taken from a Los Angeles restaurant as coming from a sei whale sold in Japan.  They say the discovery proves that an illegal trade in protected species still exists. Whale meat was also allegedly found at an unnamed Seoul sushi restaurant. Commercial whaling has been frozen by an international moratorium since 1986.

See: http://www.seashepherd.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=9350; Japanese company to stop selling whale meat; Shane McLeod; 5/4/10; http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2006/04/05/1608739.htm; Illegal trade in whale meat points to Japan; 14/4/10; http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/illegal-trade-in-whale-meat-points-to-japan/story-e6frg3pu-1225853692759