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Whaling Still an Option

Einar Kr. Gudfinnsson Minister of Fisheries believes whaling is still an option since there is a market for whale meat abroad. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir believes that Icelanders are sacrificing more benefits for less by keeping on whaling.

“The main arguments against whaling have been that there is no market for whale meat. Now [by selling it to Japan ]we have proved that wrong,” Gudfinnson said to Fréttabladid.

The leader of the Social Democrats, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs has condemned the whaling and other ministers from the Social Democrats have followed her lead.

But the decision of giving out more quota for whaling is taken by the Minister of Fisheries.

Gudfinnson has not been ready to reveal any decisions on the subject. “I’ve still to discuss it over with the government and see how things turn out in Japan,” he says.

Fréttabladid received an announcement from Japanese authorities last night saying that there was no information about an import of whale meat to the country.

Frode Pleym, a spokesman for Greenpeace in Norway told mbl.is that the whale meat had not been cleared by customs in Japan.

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