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Iceland supermarket gets letters from whaling opponents

Malcom Walker, CEO of the British supermarket chain Iceland, which is owned by Baugur Group, has received hundreds of letters from angry whaling opponents.

Walker told Morgunbladid that even if only a few thousand of the approximately four million customers who shop at Iceland every week start boycotting the supermarket, it will cost the company dearly.

Walker is a whaling opponent himself and is satisfied with the statement issued by Iceland based investment company Baugur Group this week, saying the company is against commercial whaling. Walker said the statement was much appreciated in the UK.

When Iceland began scientific whaling in 2003, before Baugur Group had gained ownership of Iceland supermarket and the supermarket had no connection with Iceland, the country, it had also received a number of angry letters.

Walker said he had written back to every whaling opponent, explaining that Iceland supermarket was not connected with Iceland in any way and that the supermarket was also against whaling. Walker said he can hardly use that argument now.

He plans to write a letter to Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde to explain the situation of his company. Iceland, the supermarket, has received hundreds of letters from angry customers in the last few months, saying they will not shop there again in the future.

Walker is certain commercial whaling will hurt Iceland’s image permanently. He told Morgunbladid that British citizens are very concerned with environmental issues and do not listen to the arguments of the Icelandic government.

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