Restaurant Owner, Chefs Charged for Illegal Whale Meat

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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.

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  • Amis de Cetacien

    They should prosecute the DA for desperate publicity grab, waste of taxpayer's resources, and persecution of folks who represent no threat to society or whales.

  • Guest


    I as a human being am disgusted at the way humans treat life…all life!

    We as humans were put here to take care of life and the way so many; too many humans treat life is such a disgrace!

  • Anonymous

    what's wrong with eating whale meat you ask "one man one voice"? What's wrong is as humans who are supposed to be more evolved than we were years ago, we have no business killing and eating one of the most intelligent, gentle mammals on the planet. it's like asking "what's wrong with eating human flesh?" don't be an idiot. and as far as those Native American tribes that are allowed to hunt whales to keep with their tradition, it's b.s. The only reason your ancestors hunted whale to eat is because they didn't have McDonalds on every corner. They had no other food source. So what's your excuse to hunt whales when you have plenty of access to other food sources that shouldn't require you to hunt these magnificent creatures.