Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Whaling about Whale Meat

In October, we reported about the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston wasting thousands of dollars investigating and prosecuting the injuries of a whale that resulted in a petty fine.

After winning an Oscar, the film makers of "The Cove"-- a movie about the Japanese savages who capture, beat, and eat dolphins-- have caused a stir in Santa Monica, California.

The Contra Costa Times reports:

Federal officials said Tuesday they were looking into reports that The Hump, a trendy sushi restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport, has served whale sushi as recently as last week. Federal authorities in Los Angeles are continuing their probe into the whale sushi allegations, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said today.

"It is illegal to sell whale meat in the United States," said Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles. "We are aggressively looking into a possible violation of federal law." Word of the unusual offering at [The] Hump came from the Oscar-winning team behind the documentary "The Cove," The New York Times reported Tuesday. The filmmakers alerted federal officials last week after allegedly confirming that the restaurant was serving sushi identified as Sei whale.
No, we are not flipping off Flipper.

We think California authorities or even the Santa Monica City Attorney should be investigating the crime, not federal agents. But the sensational headlines and political theater are too tempting for the U.S. Attorney's office. The show must go on!