Posts Tagged ‘Whale meat’
WDC briefs IWC Commissioners on whale meat discovery
Days before The 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) opened in Slovenia, we exposed the illegal sale of canned whale products by Japanese online company, Japan Trend Shop, to overseas customers, including in the UK, EU and USA. The shop’s website promises worldwide express shipping, incredibly even telling buyers ‘If you still have some environmental…Read More
Japan once again claims that whaling will bring health benefits
Several years ago, after a late night IWC negotiation session, I found myself sat outide a coffee house with a WDC colleague, when a member of the Japanese delegation ran past on his nightly jog. Seeing us, he paused and decided to sit down, upon which he took out a packet of cigarettes and proceeded…Read More
‘Cat and mouse’ as Icelandic fin whale cargo sets off for Japan via Africa – yet heads north?!
After weeks of confinement in the harbour at Hafnarfjordur, south of Reykjavik, reportedly due to ‘mechanical problems’, the Winter Bay, the vessel chartered by fin whaler Kristjan Loftsson to carry 1,700 tonnes of fin whale products to Japan finally set off yesterday. At the last minute, she changed her destination from Luanda (Angola) to…Read More
Iceland – 2014 minke whale hunt falls short of quota
The 2014 Icelandic minke whale hunt has killed less than 10% of their self-allocated quota. RUV, Iceland state broadcaster, reports that Iceland’s Whale hunters have failed to reach even a small percentage of their qouta, making it very likely that there will be a shortage of whale meat in Iceland this winter. Although the Icelandic government has…Read More
Has The Netherlands broken ranks to criticise Greenlandic whaling?
The EU Commission has been working hard to keep all EU members aligned with its instructions that they must support Denmark and Greenland and to date, has suffered no criticism without retalitory private hand slaps being handed out to wayward countries that didn’t swallow the Greenland pitch that it should be able to sell to tourists…Read More
WDC congratulates global hotel chain on whale meat ban
WDC congratulates the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel companies whose brands include Radisson, Park Inn and Quorvus, which yesterday confirmed that it has added whale meat to its list of prohibited foodstuffs. The move follows a complaint made by a tour guide whose party stayed at the Group’s Radisson Blu…Read More
Ship of shame!
I’ve spent the past week, along with a few other die-hards, poring over marine traffic websites looking for the Alma. Last Friday, 21st March, I reported that she left Hafnafjordur harbour, south of Reykjavik, laden with 2,000 tonnes of frozen fin whale meat. As soon as she was about 100 nautical miles south of Iceland,…Read More
Whales are not Seafood
This past week, WDC joined forces with the Animal Welfare Institute and attended the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, MA. While some attendees were there to sample the rich diversity of foods, others were there to broker $120million (USD) deals with seafood distributors to supply restaurants and food stores across the country. And still…Read More
(April) Fool’s errand?
Ever the cynic, I say that it’s no coincidence that lone Icelandic fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, has thrown his stash out the window seconds before the US knocks at Iceland’s door. How else to explain this latest – and possibly most audacious – move from a man who specialises in dishing out audacious moves like…Read More
Green Week whale meat fiasco causes red faces
It’s not often that whaling campaigners are left momentarily speechless –we’re too used to dealing with the unimaginable and standing up for the rights of those that have no voice – but events at this week’s Green Week fair in Germany left us open-mouthed and left others, some in high places, with egg on their…Read More