Going to Greenland? Don't eat whale meat

Greenland has been abusing the IWC definition of Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (hunting whales for cultural or community needs) by allowing for commercial whaling for profit to take place. Tourists are generating a demand for whale meat in Greenland that is encouraging this growing commercial whaling.

If you are on a cruise, or take a whale watching trip to Greenland, look out for humpback, fin, minke and sperm whales and for their smaller cousins; narwhals, belugas, orcas, pilot whales and porpoises.

Sadly, you may also see many of these species on restaurant menus, and in buffets or barbeques, especially in dishes identified as "A Taste of Greenland". We strongly urge you not to eat it.  Download a flyer of this information to give to friends and relatives that may be visiting Greenland.

Tourist eating Bowhead whale

All species of large whales are protected from whaling by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body that regulates whaling, but an exception is made for certain subsistence hunts by aboriginal peoples. The IWC has historically allowed the hunting of a limited number of whales to feed those Greenlandic Inuit deemed to have a genuine and continuous nutritional, cultural, and subsistence need for whale meat and blubber.  

However, Greenland wants to expand its sales of whale meat and holidaymakers are a target. Selling whale meat to tourists undermines the global ban on commercial whaling. It’s far better to experience whales in their natural environment - not on your plate. 

You can make a difference!

Please help Greenland, its people and the whales, by not eating whale meat and politely tell restaurants and hotels that you would prefer they not sell it."

Minke whale meat and skin available in local market