Thursday 8 May 2014

European campaign warns seafood expo: ‘don’t support whale slaughter’

Posted by: Paul Newman / posted on May 6th, 2014

An alliance of 13 leading conservation groups is this week urging major buyers at Europe’s biggest seafood trade show not to do business with Icelandic seafood company HB Grandi because of its strong links to whaling.

HB Grandi is controlled by the whaling and investment company Hvalur hf, which plans to kill 770 endangered fin whales during the next five years and sell the resulting meat and blubber to Japan.

The opening of the 2014 Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global trade event in Brussels today coincides with the arrival in Japan of a shipment of more than 2,000 tonnes of Icelandic whale products, including fin whale meat – cut, packed and prepared for export at an HB Grandi facility in Akranes, Iceland.

Several businesses with links to Hvalur are exhibiting at Seafood Expo, including HB Grandi and a number of its subsidiaries.

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