Friday 19 December 2014

Whale meat 'sold illegally at fair'

Published 23/01/2014 | 11:18

Three Minke whales are pictured on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru inside what Sea Shepherd Australia says is an internationally recognised whale sanctuary
Three Minke whales are pictured on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru inside what Sea Shepherd Australia says is an internationally recognised whale sanctuary

Food claiming to contain Norwegian whale meat is being sold illegally at a major European food and agricultural fair, campaigners have said.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and marine protection organisation MEER eV said they found the dish of minke whale meat, served smoked with blueberry jam, at the Berlin Green Week fair in Germany following a tip-off.

Import and sale of whale and dolphin meat to the European Union is illegal, and WDC has brought the sale of the meat to the attention of the German Federal Environment Ministry, which is investigating it.

Astrid Fuchs, campaign manager at WDC, said: "The fact that the meat of a species which is strictly protected in Germany and the whole EU is offered for sale is scandalous.

"This underlines the fact that there is an urgent need for a greater application of existing laws.

"Not only has Norway broken the law here several times - by importation and sale - but the unsuspecting visitors to the fair will also be breaking existing laws by purchasing the meat.

"It is incredible that this is going on under the noses of the authorities at such a big, international exhibition."

The discovery, which comes just weeks after WDC exposed a beer in Iceland with whale meal in it, is more proof of whalers' attempts to find new markets to prop up a failing industry, the wildlife charity said.

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