German customs officers have confiscated whale meat snacks being sold by a Norwegian stall at Berlin’s Green Week. The stallholders could face prosecution and up to a 5 year jail term.
Following a tip-off, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society brought the sale of the meat to the attention of the German Federal Environment Ministry. The meat is illegal in Germany and throughout most of the European Union.
“The fact that the meat of a species which is strictly protected in Germany, and the EU, is offered for sale is scandalous”, says Astrid Fuchs, campaign manager at WDC. “It is incredible that this is going on under the noses of the authorities at such a big, international exhibition.”
Green Week has been going since 1926. It is said to be the world’s biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture. About 1500 national and international exhibitors present typical regional products and services to over 400,000 visitors.
In 1985 the International Whaling Commission “paused” all commercial whaling. Norway and Iceland are the only countries who are members of the IWC to hunt whales commercially. Norway takes North Atlantic common minke whales and Iceland takes both North Atlantic common minke whales and North Atlantic fin whales.
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