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Restaurant Owner, Chefs Charged for Illegal Whale Meat

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) - A restaurant owner and two chefs have been charged with felonies and could face jail time for serving whale meat.

“Hump” restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport closed three years ago after a documentary crew caught them serving the illegal delicacy.

The chefs and owner have been charged with nine counts of conspiracy to import and sell whale meat betweeen 2007 and 2010 in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Whale meat is popular in countries such as Japan and Norway.

Importing the meat into the U.S is illegal.