Petition Update

MUJI Releases a Public Statement and Backpedals on the Word “By-catch”

Tanaka Eri
Tokyo, Japan

Jun 21, 2013 — MUJI admitted to themselves and their suppliers exploiting animals listed on the IUCN Red List as “near threatened” species in their public statement released on June 7th.

They, however, made a huge change to it on June 18th, removing the word 'by-catch', claiming that it might have caused international misunderstanding. In fact, many people were outraged and contacted them, as far as I know, to say that the concept of by-catch is, by its nature, unethical - especially with regard to long-lining in which dolphins and turtles are also often killed. MUJI must've thought using the word would help defend their position, not realising it made them look even crueler. Now they clearly wish to move focus away from 'by-catch', instead claiming that exploiting of blue sharks is no problem because there're no national or international restrictions on its fishing. Who could recognise them as an eco-company then?

MUJI's press release:
http://ryohinkeikaku.jp/eng/news/2013_0607_e.html