Whale Hunting Continues Despite Uncertainty Over Shipping - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Whale Hunting Continues Despite Uncertainty Over Shipping

Published July 17, 2013

Whale hunting has been continuing as planned, despite a decision from a major shipping company to stop exporting the meat.
As reported, whale meat that was originally bound for Japan via Hamburg was turned back last week, when Greenpeace tipped off German authorities over the contents of products on board a ship from Iceland. It is against German law to transport whale products through Germany.
As a result, shipping company Samskip has decided they will no longer ship whale products to Europe bound for Asia, essentially leaving Iceland without a means of exporting the product.
Despite lacking a means to get whale meat to possible purchasers, Vísir reports, whale hunting is continuing as planned. Four fin whales were hunted yesterday, and have been butchered for export.
Eimskip, another major shipping company in Iceland, told reporters that no one has attempted to contact them about possible whale shipments. Kristján Loftsson, chairman of the whaling company Hvalur hf., did not respond to reporters’ attempts to reach him.

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