23 May '11, 9pm
Sea Shepherd Sting Campaign ends in Court - #seashepherd #whale
Sea Shepherd Sting Campaign Ends In Court A sting operation undertaken by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society resulted in a court case for a Californian seafood dealer who imported endangered whale meat from Tokyo and sold it to restaurants within the state. Expected to plead guilty, 50-year-old Ginichi Y. Ohira was charged in Los Angeles federal court with knowingly selling a marine mammal product for an unauthorized purpose, considered a misdemeanor, in violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. Ohira sold sei whale meat to Santa Monica Airport’s The Hump restaurant, which closed its doors last year, after federal prosecutors charged the owner and chef with sales of the federally-protected mammal, according to court documents obtained by the City News Service. Sea Shepherd undercover agents, led by Sea Shepherd activist Zoli Teglas, discovered the whale meat th...