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Boris Johnson critical of Japanese whale slaughter

Boris Johnson critical of Japanese whale slaughter

Johnson questioned Japan's hunts and said he would 'take a stand' against them after news...
WDC joins group legal action to force protection for endangered North Atlantic right whales

WDC joins group legal action to force protection for endangered North Atlantic right whales

The groups are calling for more speed limits to reduce the number of vessel strikes....
Caroline Weir, Ketos Ecology

The Yogscast help WDC ‘save a species’

Tim Collins, Wildlife Conservation Society An amazing £200k was raised through Yogscast's Jingle Jam, an...
Trapped minke whale slaughtered in Japanese cove

Trapped minke whale slaughtered in Japanese cove

The whale's carcass was then taken to shore to be butchered for sale in local...

Community in Canada advised not to eat beluga whale meat after woman dies

A community in Quebec, Canada have been advised by local officials not to eat beluga whale meat after a woman died and her daughter was taken seriously ill in Inukjuak.

Dr. Francoise Bouchard, the director of public health for the region, said both cases have been diagnosed as botulism.

“It is probably from beluga meat,” said Dr Bouchard. Tests confirming the source have been carried out the local community has been told to keep clear of the frozen, dried or cooked meat. 

Botulism can cause severe vomiting, difficulty breathing and swallowing and overall weakness. It can also lead to complete paralysis and death.

High levels of pollutants like mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) from the world’s oceans also end up in sea mammals like whales and dolphins, and are eaten in the Faroe Islands, Greenland, parts of Siberia as well as Canada. 

Recently, Chief Physician at the Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health in the Faroes reiterated warnings to the country’s population not to eat whale meat due to the risks of developing Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and other medical issues caused by the contaminants in the meat and blubber.

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