The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) maintains in a story posted on their website on Monday that more than 1,400 ads on Google Japan’s Shopping Site promote whale products, including fin whale meat said to originate in Iceland.
A slain fin whale in Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
“Google Japan Shopping is promoting the sale of a huge variety of products from threatened and endangered whale species. These range from endangered fin whales killed in Iceland to products taken from animals killed off Taiji … Google must immediately eliminate all such trade,” demands Clare Perry, head of EIA’s Cetaceans Campaign.
The EIA also reports that up to 10,000 ads on Google Japan’s Shopping Site promote elephant ivory products.
According to the EIA, these ads are at odds with Google’s policies, which state that neither elephant ivory nor whale products can be promoted on its websites.
EIA is now appealing to Google CEO Larry Page to ensure that all Google promotions of ads for endangered wildlife products are immediately and permanently removed.
No fin whales were killed in Iceland last year.
Click here to read about whaling in Iceland.