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Whale Meat Illegally Sold to Tourists in Greenland

Whale Meat Illegally Sold to Tourists in Greenland


Tourists in Greenland are being sold whale meat in direct violation of a ban on commercial sales of whale meat by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). According to an investigation by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, whale meat in various forms is freely on offer at tourist-focused restaurants and supermarkets in Greenland, a territory of Denmark. Under international agreements, Greenland is allowed to catch a quota of whales to provide for the subsistence needs of indigenous Inuit people; tourists and non-Inuit Greenlanders are not supposed to have access to the catch.

At the annual International Whaling Commission meeting next month, Denmark is expected to ask for an increase in the number of whales that can be killed legally in order to meet the subsistence needs of Inuit communities. WDCS head Chris Butler-Stroud notes, “Our investigation report shows that this demand for more whale meat is clearly driven by the commercial consumer market not by aboriginal needs. Greenland’s native-born population has increased by around just 9.9% in the last 24 years and yet, the request for more large whales by Greenland in the same period has increased by 89 percent.”

This video shot by WDCS in 2010 documents how whale products originally destined for indigenous cultural and nutritional needs are actually being sold at premium prices in supermarkets and to restaurants.

The video documents that the hunted whales are not killed outright, but injured then have buoys attached so that the animals can be taken to a suitable location for butchering.


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3:20PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

i had visions of whales safe in the wild
How they were before i was a child
Now their cut and ground into horrid treats
Whales slaughtered for their meat

11:29AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

nothing like the dolphin harvesting happening in japan off the taije this is sad.....

11:25AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012


8:27AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

10:23AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Shame on them!

4:29PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Greenland and Denmark join the ranks of Norway, Japan, Iceland, China, South Korea, the world's outcast renegade and criminal nations famous for their cruelty against our world's whales and for their greedy sickening assaults on wildlife

12:18PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

The slaughter of whales is so cruel and unconscionable -- how can humans engage in such barbaric activity? I want this savagery to stop -- i want the whales to be free in their natural home -- the ocean -- so they can live, thrive, be happy, rear their young -- why do you have to bother them? why do you abuse them? why do you cruelly capture them and savagely butcher them? Do they not deserve to live their lives? Do you need what whales have? I have NOT consumed anything "whale" my entire life, yet, here i am, healthy getting my nourishment from other sources! STOP THE ABUSE AND SLAUGHTER OF OUR WHALES!

8:55PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Many vegetarians and vegans donate butterfly credits to farm that slaughters animals for meat, without knowing. The "Raise A Farm Animal Humanely" is the slaughter farm, where sacred life is violently ended, meat is eaten and sold. Please be aware of these, vegan and vegetarians, Buddhists and Hindus and Christians and Jews who follow the sacred path and original teachings to eat veg diet and cause no harm. This is not a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. The word "Humanely" means something entirely different here.

12:20PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Time to boycott all Danish and Greenland products!

8:27AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012


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