Protecting Seals, Whales, Dolphins, and Sharks

By on March 16, 2012 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Last month, the Environmental Investigation Agency and our international arm, Humane Society International, exposed that’s website in Japan was selling products from endangered and protected whale species. After our supporters contacted the company to express their outrage, Amazon withdrew all whale products from its Japanese website.

Minke whales
Amazon has banned selling whale and dolphin products.

Now, the Internet giant has made the policy official: both the website and its Japanese version have added an explicit ban on the sale of products from whales and dolphins. We’re thrilled that the company offered some bonus protection: adding a ban on selling shark products on its main U.S. website.

Thank you to all our supporters who took action to help whales and dolphins. Wildlife trafficking over the Internet is an enormous threat to many animals.

Marine mammal protection has always been a core issue for The HSUS, and readers know that it's among our highest priorities to put an end to the slaughter of seals in Canada. That “hunt” is set to begin in just a few weeks. (HSI and HSUS also campaign to end the Canadian killing of grey seals―a separate species―and a news story out yesterday reports the good news that only a handful of these animals have been killed this year, compared to more than a thousand in some previous years.)

Our Protect Seals team has been on the ice off the east coast of Canada documenting baby harp seals with their mothers, and we’re urging the Canadian government to stop subsidizing this needless killing and call it off for good. The momentum to end the hunt has grown as more and more countries ban the trade in seal fur. Take a look at our latest video of the peaceful harp seal nursery, then please take action to help stop the slaughter.

It will be a major moment in our movement’s history when we can shut the door on several centuries of commercial slaughter of seals in Atlantic Canada.

Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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