Greenland defies whale meat sale ban

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on June 27, 2012

Restaurants and hotels across Greenland have been undermining the international ban on most commercial whaling through serving whale meat to the country’s tourists, as claimed by campaigners.

WDCS - the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society - said that an undercover investigation found how tourist businesses are targeting foreign visitors to the Scandinavian country with shocking menus inclusive of bowhead and various other types of whale meat. While the International Whaling Commission permits the slaying of a limited amount of whales every year, this is only to match the needs of regional aboriginal people.

WDCS has said that it has documented a series of restaurants and hotels – in addition to supermarkets – selling whale meat openly to tourists. The in-depth investigation came ahead of an annual meeting next month, which is to be held in Panama and should see Denmark demanding that Greenland catches more whales so that its indigenous people can be fed.

Worryingly, WDCS said that its studies have shown that the nation has already been catching more whales than it should. Chris Butler-Stroud, who is WDCS’s chief executive, commented that the Danish Government’s demands are laughable before questioning if the meat is really for indigenous for people, as his organisation has found that  the extra demand is wrongfully driven by commercial consumer markets.

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