It seems that three years later, the two chefs and the owner of the Hump in Santa Monica have been charged with conspiracy to import and sell sei whale meat, a violation of theUnited States Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal grand jury has indicted the owners of the parent company and two of its onetime chefs, charging them with felonies that carry lengthy prison terms of up to 67 years in federal prison. The restaurant’s parent company is reported to potentially faces a fine of US$1.2 million.
WDC is pleased to see that the US authorities are taking this crime seriously, but we are still awaiting to hear how the European Commission is going to react to our revelations that whale meat was freely available to tourists in Denmark. The sale to tourists both in Denmark and in Greenland means that more whales are dying than are actually needed to feed native Greenladers for whom any IWC whaling quota is meant for.
Lets hope the EU Commission take this as seriously as the US and stamps out this illegal trade once and for all. We let you know when the Commission lets us know.