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Volume LXIII · Isle of Jersey, United Kingdom · No. 4 · Thursday July 14, 2011
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Whale Meat Case in Los Angeles

A famous Japanese sushi bar in Santa Monica, California, has been shut down, and the owner has pled guilty to illegally importing and serving sushi made from sei whale meat.

Learning of the availability of the meat, two female activists went into the restaurant and ordered a large dinner for $600, finally urging the chefs to provide them with whale meat. They filmed the entire sequence, with help from Charles Hambleton, associate producer of The Cove documentary. They also smuggled out samples of the meat for DNA analysis.

Ginichi Ohira pleaded guilty last month to importing the illegal whale meat from Japan; sentencing is expected in September. Also charged was the chef serving the meal.