Whale meat found on sale in Denmark
The global Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) society has revealed that it has found Minke whale steaks on sale commercially in Denmark during a recent undercover operation.
The whale meat, from Greenland, was discovered by a WDC on sale at a tourist shop in Copenhagen, thus putting Denmark in breach of European Union (EU) laws which ban EU Member States from the killing and commercial sale of whales. The sale of these whale products in Denmark also contravenes International Whaling Commission (IWC) regulations and those of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
WDC says that ironically, this discovery comes just as Greenland has threatened to impose its own quotas regarding the number of whales that it will hunt for ‘local nutritional needs’ in 2013.
Earlier in the year, a separate undercover investigation by WDC revealed that Greenland had been “actively undermining” the IWC ban on commercial whaling by selling whale meat to tourists visiting the country.
WDC’s chief executive, Chris Butler-Stroud, said: “Denmark is an EU member and so is bound by EU law. This is clearly commercial whaling. Our investigation report shows that this demand for more whale meat is driven by the commercial consumer market not by aboriginal needs.”
WDC has now presented the findings in a full briefing report sent to the EU Commission. It is requesting that the EU should re-examine the legitimacy of allowing the export of whale products into the EU and that all exports should cease immediately until the IWC has granted an ASW quota to Greenland.
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