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Santa Monica sushi restaurant closes after serving whale meat

March 21, 2010 |  6:02 am

A Santa Monica sushi restaurant facing federal charges for serving endangered whale meat closed its doors for good Saturday, according to a statement posted on the Hump's website, which called the decision a "self-imposed punishment." "The Hump hopes that by closing its doors, it will help bring awareness to the detrimental effect that illegal whaling has on the preservation of our ocean ecosystems and species," reads the statement on the restaurant's website. Phone calls to the restaurant and its attorney were not answered. Read more here:

Photo credit: Protesters with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society teamed with members of Pelican Rescue earlier this month at the Hump. Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times