Santa Monica's The Hump Sushi Restaurant in a Whale of Trouble. Accused of Selling Whale Meat to Customers. From NYTimes.
I consider Brian Vidor, proprietor of The Hump and Typhoon, a friend of mine. His sushi restaurant The Hump has been accused of selling whale meat to customers. The sale of marine mammals violates federal law. No charges have yet been made although authorities say charges may be pressed by this week. I wish him the best of luck on his current legal woes.
I've eaten things that were or are illegal but not endangered like fugu aka poison blowfish, raw chicken, etc. I'm okay with that. Usually the banned item has been outlawed by the food police for the good of the public e.g., certain raw milk or unpasteurized cheeses. So it's at your own risk if you decide to skirt the law and consume it. Cool.
I, however, personally do not eat anything endangered. The type of whale meat being investigated in this incident is from the Sei whale, a baleen whale, and it is currently listed as endangered by the U.S. government National Marine Fisheries Service under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Read the New York Times piece for complete details on this local incident of a global scale.