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Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has a major share in the Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu. Seiyu is a key distributor of cetacean products in hundreds of its supermarkets in Japan. As one of Japan’s leading supermarket chains, Seiyu’s distribution chain has helped to maintain the Japanese whale and dolphin hunting industry in spite of the international ban on commercial whaling and repeated international criticism.
The Environmental Investigation Agency’s (EIA) on-site investigations have revealed that Seiyu is selling dolphin, porpoise and small whale products from Japan’s unregulated and unsustainable coastal hunts, as well as large whale products from its ‘scientific’ whaling. Two thirds of products purchased in Seiyu group stores contained levels of mercury, which were higher than levels recommended for human consumption in Japanese government’s health guidelines. Half exceeded the government guidelines for methylmercury concentration. Methylmercury is a potent neuro-toxin, which can cause irreversible damage to nervous systems. Due to widespread mislabeling of cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) products and a lack of adequate government health warnings, most Japanese people are unaware of the risks involved in consuming whale and dolphin products.
The Environmental Investigation Agency, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Greenpeace are extremely concerned about Japan’s whale, dolphin and porpoise hunting and Wal-Mart’s connection to the sale of products derived from these hunts. We urge you to take immediate action by demanding that Wal-Mart use its considerable corporate influence to stop the sale of whale, dolphin and porpoise products in all stores owned and operated by Seiyu, Ltd. Let Wal-Mart know that if supermarkets in Japan stop selling these products it will diminish the market for the products and greatly reduce Japan’s incentive to continue the hunts. …..