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Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

Published on Apr 4, 2014 4:02 PM
 
The logo of Japan's electronic commerce and Internet company Rakuten is seen in Tokyo on March 18, 2014. Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said on Friday, April 4, 2014, it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said on Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt.

The move - which also includes a ban on dolphin meat sales - comes as Japan said on Thursday it was cancelling this year's hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century to abide by the decision of the United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice this week.

Australia, backed by New Zealand, hauled Japan before the international court in 2010 in a bid to stop the yearly campaign, which has attracted widespread condemnation outside Japan.

"We issued a notice to all stores on April 1, asking them to stop sales of whale meat products by the end of the month," a Rakuten spokesman said.

 
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