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Iceland Whale Meat Blocked from Dutch Ports

Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma announced today that the Netherlands has committed to prevent the transit of fin whale meat from Iceland through Dutch ports, according to global campaigning organization Avaaz.

whale-cutting_psArchive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The announcement came in response to a petition by Avaaz which had been signed by over one million people in just one week.

Commercial fin whale hunting is set to begin in Iceland next week after a two-year break. Japan is the main market for meat from the species, which is listed as endangered.

“The Dutch government has listened to the urgent public appeal to help prevent a new whales massacre. The State Secretary’s announcement sends a clear message to the whalers that they cannot expect it to be business as usual in Europe. The Netherlands’ initiative to launch a code of conduct could be decisive in closing down Europe to the transfer of carcassess of these endangered majestic creatures,” said Pascal Vollenweider, Senior Campaigner at Avaaz, in a statement.

Related:

05.06.2013 | Over One Million Sign Anti-whaling Campaign

03.06.2013 | U.S. Anti-Whalers Appeal to President of Iceland

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