Within the European Union it’s strictly against the law to harm a whale or dolphin. This means that it’s highly illegal to go whaling.
However, there appears to be nothing to stop ports and shipping companies making money out of helping to ship whale meat from non-IWC sanctioned hunts, through EU ports and on to Japan.
And that’s what’s happening at this very moment. European ports and shipping companies are funnelling whale meat from port to port and then on to Japan.