Santa Monica Restaurant Serves Whale Meat; Owner Could Get a year in Jail

Santa Monica Restaurant Charged In Whale Sting

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) ― 
Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a sushi chef and a Santa Monica restaurant where marine mammal activists say they were served illegal whale meat. 

Typhoon Restaurant, Inc., which owns The Hump restaurant, and Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, a 45-year-old Culver City resident, were charged Wednesday with illegally selling an endangered species product, a misdemeanor. 

Two undercover diners requested whale as part of an $600 "omakase," or chef's choice, meal. The young women were working with the producers of the Oscar-winning documentary, "The Cove," to record the whole meal. 

They pocketed a sample and genetic testing confirmed that it was meat from the endangered Sei whale. 

If convicted Yamamoto could face a year in prison and a fine of $100,000. The company could be fined $200,000.


1 comment:

Gregory said...

The Men's Colony needs a new chef !!!