Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales
Published on Apr 4, 2014 4:02 PM
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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