Japan continues to undermine
international laws by hunting whales and trading in whale meat. These great
whale species are afforded full legal protection by the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) and the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and yet Amazon.com, through its
wholly owned subsidiary Amazon.jp in Japan, is actively involved in the sale of
hundreds of whale products. These products include endangered fin whale
products from Iceland, as well as endangered whale meat from the Southern Ocean
Some of the whale products sold by
Amazon.jp are highly polluted with mercury and constitute a significant risk to
the health of consumers. In February 2011, the Environmental
Investigation Agency analyzed several whale products from Amazon.jp and found that the
majority of those tested contained mercury levels exceeding Japanese national
As Amazon.com Inc. profits from
Amazon.jp’s sale of whale products, it is responsible not only for facilitating
the sale of products from endangered and protected species, but also for
allowing the sale of contaminated food products which pose a potential health
threat to the people consuming them.
Please take action below and urge Amazon.com President & CEO Jeff Bezos to
do the right thing by permanently and immediately banning the sale of all whale
products on their websites.
Subject: Please end the sale of
whale products on Amazon.com Japan
Dear Jeff Bezos,
I respectfully urge you to use your
influence to permanently and immediately ban the sale of all whale products on
Amazon.jp. As Amazon.jp is wholly owned by Amazon.com, your company profits
from the sale of hundreds of whale products and the disregard of two
international agreements. The Australian government and parliament have
repeatedly called on Japan to end these hunts.
These products are obtained through
cruel hunting practices, and some even come from endangered species. Many of
these products also pose a health threat to consumers because they are
contaminated with mercury at levels above the Japanese national standard.
Amazon.com should permanently and
immediately ban the sale of all whale products on Amazon.jp. This would
directly benefit the world's cetacean populations as well as the health and
well-being of Japanese consumers.
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