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Whale meat being returned to Iceland

What do the Icelandic whalers do with their whale meat? They sell it to Asian countries to make a substantial profit. However, the whale meat shipped from Iceland to Rotterdam by the global transport company, Samskip, and taken onwards to Hamburg aboard the Cosco Pride, owned by the Evergreen Line shipping company, and destined for Asia is being returned to Iceland.  

The meat arrived in containers in the port of Hamburg last Friday to public outrage.  Suspicions were raised about the accompanying paperwork and alleged labelling errors (or possible misreading of the labelling), prompting the authorities to impound the meat pending checks but it was released on Tuesday, by which time the Cosco Pride had already sailed. Another vessel was found but further protests once more prevented the meat leaving. Now,  the Evergreen Line has negotiated with Samskip the return of the meat to Iceland and both companies have pledged not to carry whale products in the future.

A great day for the endangered fin whales that are being brutally slaughtered in the North East Atlantic and an undeniable success I think you’ll all agree!!

About Nicola Hodgins

Policy Manager at WDC