Whale Meat Pet Treats No Longer For Sale

Written by on May 31, 2013 in Other News
A screenshot of fin whale jerky which is no longer for sale.

A screenshot of fin whale jerky which is no longer for sale. Photo courtesy of EIA.

Earlier this week, we found out that a pet food company in Japan was selling dog treats made from endangered fin whale meat.

Following the press release from several environmental and animal rights groups that revealed this information, Michinoku Farms removed the product from sale.

Takuma Konno, President of Michinoku Farms, was reported by international news agency AFP as stating that the product was legal to sell in Japan, but it would be removed from sale regardless.

“Maybe I was ignorant of the debate (about whaling), but it’s not worth selling the product if it risks disturbing some people,” he said.

To learn more, read the whole article from Environmental Investigation Agency: Japanese company withdraws fin whale ‘jerky’ pet treats.

Processing fin whale in Iceland, September 2010 © EIA.

Processing fin whale in Iceland, September 2010 © EIA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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