Whale Meat Being Sold Illegally In Greenland and Denmark

Written by on December 11, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
Minke whale.

Minke whale. Photo credit: NOAA/NMFS.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) recently exposed the illegal sale of whale meat in Denmark.

In an undercover operation, a WDC team found minke whale steaks and blubber for sale at a tourist shop in Copenhagen. The whale meat came from Greenland, a Danish territory. This is a violation of European Union laws which ban the killing of whales and the commercial sale of their meat. It also violates regulations from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

WDC’s discovery came just after Greenland threatened to establish its own quotas for the 2013 whale hunt. Greenland’s whale hunt is supposed to be carried out to meet “local nutritional needs” of the aboriginals, but WDC found that the meat was also being sold to tourists visiting Greenland.

“This is clearly commercial whaling,” said WDC’s chief executive, Chris Butler-Stroud. “IWC rules state that the taking of whales is permitted only when the meat and products are to be used exclusively for local consumption. Our investigation report shows that this demand for more whale meat is driven by the commercial consumer market not by aboriginal needs.”

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Minke whale.

Minke whale. Photo credit: NOAA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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