WDC is disappointed to learn that Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, had eaten whale meet whilst on a trip to Norway. Miss Middleton wrote about eating whale at Norway’s Juvet Landscape Hotel for a UK national newspaper travel story.
The decision to eat the meat was ill-advised, as WDC whaling campaigner, Vanessa Williams-Grey explains:
‘This is really disappointing news, particularly as Pippa is so high-profile, and given how active her brother-in-law, William, is on speaking out against poaching and wildlife crime. Commercial whale hunting is banned, the UK government backs the ban and for good reason. Killing whales is cruel, there is no humane way to kill them and many are slaughtered using brutal harpoon grenades. Last season, 731 minke whales suffered an agonising death at the hand of Norwegian whalers. It might have been better for Pippa to take a whale watch trip in Norway. She may then have thought twice about condoning and indeed, promoting, this cruel and unnecessary trade.’