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‘The Cove,’ Undercover: Mission Accomplished!

Written by PETA | March 12, 2010

Today, we’re breaking out the bubbly to celebrate a victory. The Oscar-winning filmmakers behind The Cove recently went undercover inside The Hump—a Los Angeles sushi joint—to gather evidence that the restaurant was selling whale sushi. Yesterday, Typhoon Restaurant Inc.—the company that owns The Hump—was charged with illegally selling whale meat. According to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, those charged with possession or sale of marine mammals may face up to a year in prison or a $20,000 fine.




Whales are intelligent, social, and sensitive animals, but so are fish sea kittens, who have been deemed smarter than 5-year-old humans. Fish have central nervous systems that closely resemble those of humans, and fish who are caught in the commercial fishing industry suffer immeasurable pain as they are pulled up from the depths of their ocean homes. They thrash on the decks of fishing boats, and many of them vomit up their own guts as a result of the quick pressure change. So while we’re stoked that the whale sushi has been removed from The Hump’s menu, here’s a question for anyone who continues to eat flesh: If you wouldn’t eat a whale, then why would you eat a sea kitten?

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Andre Inglis says:

    This will be a lesson for any other restaurants thinking of selling whale meat. Anyone can blow that whistle!

  • lisa says:

    Baffles me as to how they get away with it dont you have ANY regulations in America next it will be your dog or cat.

  • Elsa says:

    Small fine short time a year in prison but it’s a start. Call me crazy but why if we humans eat humans we get the death penalty and if we eat whales we pay a $20.000 fine? Why is the life of humans worth more than the lives of animals? Who decides that? Aren’t we more destructive than whales? So why are our lives worth more? Because we have the capacity to reason? Has it worked? All the advances the creativy the construction technological and health advances have been done for humans. Always thinking about money power our own distractions what about animals? Nature?

  • Mantvydas says:

    The restaurants like this should be closed down immediately.

  • denise says:

    How on earth can they get away with this? Are WE as Americans on AMERICAN soil so stupid.Let’s launch many investagations and payback the debt.They must be laughing at us.That this is the first bust.Americans can stop going to the ball game and look whats happening with Ocean trade black market in America is it the drug?

  • Molly says:

    20k isn’t enough but it’s a start. Good work!

  • tiffany says:

    did anyone see the tigers that were starved to death in the zoo in china it was horrible when they attatcked they shot them yet the starved them on a diet of chicken bones i hate the zoo