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WDC Success. EU Parliament votes to stop whale shipments through ports

Following many years of effort by WDC’s Stop Whaling team, together with some great work from other NGOs including Humane Society International, an overwhelming majority of EU parliamentarians have voted today in favour of a resolution to end whale meat being moved by whalers through EU ports. This is great news but there is lot…

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Does Japan really want to buy old fin whale meat as Loftsson empties his freezers?

Is Kristján Loftsson finally clearing out his freezer of ‘old meat’ from endangered fin whales? Judging by the amount of activity yesterday at the harbourside at Hafnarfjörður, south of Reykjavik – and local news reports – it would certainly seem so.  Loftsson is Iceland’s only fin whaler but thankfully, following a very public spat with Japan…

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The EU must shut its ports to whale meat!

More than 105,000 people responded to our call for the EU to ban the transit of whale meat through its ports. If you were one of them – thank you!  The European Union actually has some solid laws against killing whales and trading in their meat and other body parts, so it should be a…

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The whale meat transit issue and the EU

This week the UK’s Times newspaper ran an article in which the proponents of a UK exit from the European Union (EU) argued that the UK would be better placed to prevent whale meat transits through UK ports outside of the EU. At the end of the day, whether the UK remains in the EU…

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Controversial whale meat cargo shipped back to Iceland

Six containers of fin whale meat from Iceland and bound for Japan are now on their way back after being impounded at the port of Hamburg, Germany. The cargo reached Rotterdam on Saturday, aboard a vessel owned by the Evergreen Line, where it was transferred to the Pioneer Bay, owned by transport company, Samskip. It is due to…

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