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Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

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Whale meat? They were selling whale and dolphin meat? What now about the illegal ivory sales... who are these people... who is behind this site

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Great move. Better than the JP government which is going to circumvent the bans anyway.

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Rakuten said Friday there was no change to its online ivory sales, which are restricted to domestic shoppers.

Do EIA and Rakuten trace the origin of the ivory?

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"There were no listings for dolphin meat." Dolphin meat can be legally labelled whale in Japan.

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So, if none of the already harvested meat can be sold, what will they do with it?

Nobody said it can't be sold. It just can't be sold through Rakuten, which, like Amazon, allows merchants to use their website to sell stuff. You can still chow down on Flipper and Moby Dick, if you like.

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Maybe the whale meat can become compost, like nature intended...

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That famous whale meat restaurant near Shibuya station is going to have a tough time! Amazing that it survived this long.

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Shame on you Rakuten, way too late...

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So, if none of the already harvested meat can be sold, what will they do with it? Just throw it out? Regardless of a stop to new harvesting, they should at least put the meat already in the freezer to good use.

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A great move to stop selling whale meat !

Now the Elephants are hoping the company does the same with all Ivory products!

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Once again, classy response Japan.

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"Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat — which also includes a ban on dolphin meat"

All this and no one will suffer, no one will be injured and no one will miss killing for cuisine. The harvesters can turn to other endeavors and tax support can help them. Funny, reason and rational response don't seems so terribly threatening. Maybe others will learn from Japan's example, why not?

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Good...

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They might have told them, but there are still over 60,000 hits for くじら on Rakuten.

Some of those hits are for things other than meat, but most of the ones for meat say that the last day to sell it is April 30. You can still buy it from the individual merchants, I imagine, but not through Rakuten.  

It's probably a good move, since what they lose in revenue is made up for by the positive PR from many people.

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This is a first step in the right direction. But, they are still the biggest seller for ivory. They should follow amazon.com and stop doing those kind of business.

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@Disillusioned

It says sales of whale meat will end on 4/30

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They might have told them, but there are still over 60,000 hits for くじら on Rakuten.

http://search.rakuten.co.jp/search/mall?st=A&nitem=&v=3&s=1&g=0&sitem=くじら&x=-889&y=-85

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Hope more people do positive things like this. Unfortunately, this was kinda forced on them.

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Good move!

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