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US government refuses to shield endangered right whales from lethal ship collisions

The Biden administration in the US has denied an emergency petition that seeks to protect...

Automated cruelty – vending machines in Japan now dispense dead whale

In an effort to prop up the cruel and declining whale hunting industry in Japan,...

The Yogscast raises an ocean-sized donation for WDC

The New Year started with a bang for whales and dolphins thanks to Bristol-based gaming...
Russia captive orca NARNIA_2017_2 CREDIT Oxana Fedorova

Narnia the orca dies at Russian dolphinarium

Narnia the orca performs in Russia © Oxana Fedorova Narnia, a wild orca taken from...

US sushi restaurant owner pleads guilty to serving sei whale meat after undercover ’sting’

This week, the owner and parent company of The Hump, a now-closed sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, California, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully selling sei whale meat imported from Japan. 



This followed guilty pleas earlier this year from two chefs at the restaurant as well as their supplier. The case came to light when an associate producer of The Cove – the award-winning film documenting drive hunts in Japan –  organised a video ‘sting’ during which undercover investigators were able to order the sei whale meat as part of an omakase meal on three occasions between 2009-2010.  Owner Brian Vidor, and parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Co., will be sentenced early next year. 

About Vanessa Williams-Grey

Policy manager - Stop Whaling and Responsible Whale Watching