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Whale-Meat Seller Pleads Guilty

Written by PETA | June 7, 2011

A southern California seafood vendor accused of illegally importing whale meat and selling it to sushi restaurants may be saying “Sayonara!” to life on the outside. Ginichi Y. Ohira pleaded guilty to selling meat from whales killed near Japan and faces up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $100,000. Considering that he has allegedly been supporting the Japanese slaughter of whales for 10 years, we wouldn’t mind seeing the court throw the book at Ohira when he is sentenced in September.

Ohira sold sei whale meat, illegal in the U.S. under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, to Los Angeles sushi restaurant The Hump, where the Oscar-winning filmmakers of the The Cove discovered it. They alerted the feds and got The Hump charged, and it subsequently shut down. Now it’s Ohira’s turn to face the music.

While it is illegal to eat whales in the States, these majestic animals—as well as dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life—are still snared as “bycatch” in fishing nets. You can help protect dolphins, whales, and other sea animals by opting for veggie sushi rolls, faux fish, and other ocean-friendly vegan options.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Former Sea Shepherd Volunteer says:

    I used be a former SSCS volunteer until Dec of 2010. I was dissmissed aka discrimated from SSCS because my minor disablity by Chuck Swift and Paul Watson. Plus, I was a dog breeder and I was not 100% Vegan. Well, personally I feel now SSCS dose more terrious actions then properly sitting down and disscussing these issues. SSCS and Pete Bethune’s Earthrace Org. has attacked and wounded others. I believe in saving and protecting wildlife but I can’t support these orgs that discrimate volunteers for disablities and harm anothers. Sents I’ve been discrimated by Watson and Swift, I’ve gotten a job at Sea World working with Killer Whales and what SSCS about that is untrue and we care for our animals. I support Sea World and what they say about true protecting marine life. Plus, the Orca’s are are my meal ticket and they keep a roof over my head and clothes on myt back and my dogs in show rings and winning~

  • Birthe Møller Skov says:

    Det er forfærdelig, de stakkels hvaler :((

  • Summer says:

    I’m in agreement with you MA Moore. Give all animals the same protection as humans.

  • Hafsa Majid says:

    Please help them PETA as you have done a wonderful job … thank you 🙂

  • R.Baylon-Google Expert says:

    Japan should stop its “whale research”.  Their culture of whale fishing is crazy.

  • pj56 says:

    God Bless Shepherd and his crew for their tireless efforts.  

  • Checkiez1234 says:

    This is outrageous I’m feeling livid that anyone could support animal cruelty. Thank you PETA for your hard work, I hope PETA and Sea Shepherd can end this.

  • MA Moore says:

    TY BB: Power to the sea shepherds! Our ocean’s marine life have been in serious trouble for many years. We have got to stop the madness.

  • BB says:

    MA Moore: To answer your question…I’m guessing that if whales weren’t so large then they would NOT be protected. It’s very easy to breed, abuse, and kill cows, pigs and sheep so people can eat them.

  • BB says:

    So much for the Japanese excuse that they’re only whaling for research purposes. Japan consumes half of the world’s tuna catch – isn’t that enough! Japan recently admitted to exceeding its quota for southern bluefin tuna. Support Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd who are at least trying to stop this madness.

  • Outraged says:

    This is outrageous I’m feeling livid that anyone could support animal cruelty. Thank you PETA for your hard work, I hope PETA and Sea Shepherd can end this.

  • MA Moore says:

    GUILTY! My only question is that if a cow, pig and a sheep are mammals and a whale is a mammal (all being equal sentient beings), why is only one protected?