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Samskip plans to stop transporting whale meat

11 Jul 2013
Greenpeace’s fin whale meat loading protest in Hamburg. © Daniel Mueller/Greenpeace

Greenpeace’s fin whale meat loading protest in Hamburg. © Daniel Mueller/Greenpeace

Samskip has announced that it plans to stop transporting whale meat, following a Taiwanese shipping company’s decision to send six containers of whale meat back to Iceland.

Evergreen Line announced that it would be sending the containers back to where they came from after renewed protests by Greenpeace activists against the transit of whale meat via the harbour of Hamburg in Germany. Evergreen Line claims that the containers, on their way to Japan, were labelled as ‘frozen fish’ and did not know they contained whale meat. The containers held about the amount of 10 fin whales.

Evergreen Line will now ship the containers to Rotterdam and Samskip will arrange the return transportation to Iceland, and will then refrain from shipping whale meat in the future.

"Among the shipping companies Samskip has dominated being involved in the bloody business with the whale meat. This boycott is a clear signal to Iceland's whalers to finally stop the senseless hunting, "says Iris Menn, marine expert from Greenpeace Germany.

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Greenpeace’s fin whale meat loading protest in Hamburg. © Daniel Mueller/Greenpeace

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