Kiekow, Taryn

As a staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Taryn Kiekow works on the issue of undersea noise pollution and ways to preserve key marine mammal species and their habitats.

Yahoo! Profits From The Slaughter of Whales: Urge Yahoo! Japan To Stop Selling Whale Products

By Taryn Kiekow

Do you care about whales? Do you ever use the internet giant Yahoo (a CA-based company, headquartered in Sunnyvale)!? Then you should know that Yahoo! Japan is selling whale and dolphin products on its website, including meat from endangered species.

Although Yahoo! has banned the sale of whale products on all its other sites, its Japanese subsidiary – Yahoo! Japan – continues to sell whale products.  That means Yahoo! – through its 34% interest in Yahoo! Japan – profits from the illegal slaughter of whales.   

According to a report just issued by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in March 2012 Yahoo! Japan offered 249 whale products for sale – including sashimi, bacon, and canned whale meat.

Killing Whales Is Not the Way to Save Them

By Taryn Kiekow
Marine Mammal Protection Project

Yesterday - on Earth Day, of all days – the International Whaling Commission (IWC) released details of a deal that would legitimize commercial whaling. The deal has been backed by U.S. officials working behind closed doors with eleven other countries to break a perceived impasse at the IWC.  The Obama Administration must now decide whether it will formally endorse the deal before the IWC votes on it in June.

Protecting The Last Right Whale Nursery

Taryn Kiekow
Natural Resources Defense Council

Yesterday NRDC and other environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the Navy’s plans to build an Undersea Warfare Training Range off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. The lawsuit against the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Service contests the reckless rush to construct a $100 million training range without adequately assessing the environmental impacts, considering a full range of alternatives, or completing the most basic surveys to determine the presence of marine wildlife.