A coalition of animal welfare and conservation groups has launched a new online ad campaign to coincide with the 2015 Seafood Exposition Global and Seafood Processing Global convention in Brussels, which begins today, advising consumers and major seafood buyers to be aware of fish “tainted by the blood of whales,” a press release from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) states.
“Among exhibitors at the Seafood Expo Global are several companies that process and/or sell whale meat, or are tied by shareholdings to whaling companies, including Icelandic seafood giant HB Grandi,” the statement continues.
According to the statement, Sigrid Lueber, founder and president of OceanCare, urged seafood buyers to “keep in mind that by putting money into the pockets of whalers you are helping to keep alive an industry that is both cruel and unnecessary.”
Seafood Expo Global runs from April 21 to 23, 2015 and is expected to attract 30,000 participants from 140 countries.
The coalition is encouraging retailers to conduct an audit of their seafood supply chains to ensure the public they do not source seafood from individuals, vessels or companies linked to whaling.