Major US & UK Retailers Linked to Whale Meat Sales in
US retail giant WalMart and the UK's biggest food retailer TESCO have been intimately linked to the sale of products
from Japan's whale, dolphin and porpoise hunts. The reports just released
were issued by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIR), the Humane society, and Greenpeace.
Walmart owns 37% of in Seiyu, Ltd., one of Japan's leading supermarket chains which is a major distributor of
whale, dolphin and porpoise (cetacean) products. TESCO in the UK own
95% of C Two-Network stores which it has made part of the 'Tesco Group'.
Both canned and fresh whale meat products are sold in these
outlets. Much of it comes from Japanese 'scientific whaling operations in the Antarctic, and from whaling in
According to the report: "The canned products are sourced from the Nissui and Kyokuyo whaling
companies. These companies own shares in the whaling fleet used for Japan's
self-professed 'scientific' whaling research and sell much of the meat
from the hundreds of minke, Bryde's and sei whales that are killed each
year in the name of science. According to staff working at the
supermarkets, C Two-Network also sells fresh meat from 'toothed
whales', a generic term for dolphins, porpoises, and small whales hunted in Japan's
"Meat and blubber products from these hunts typically carry levels of methylmercury or PCBs
(polychlorinated biphenyls) that exceed government recommended limits, posing a health
threat to the consumer."
Here is the contact information for Whale-Mart. Please contact them about
their stores in Japan.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Attn: Customer Service
702 S.W. 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716
To reach the home office, call 479-273-4000