WHALE MEAT SHIP RETURNS TO ICELAND

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REYKJAVIK: A shipment of 130 tons of fin whale meat has been sent back to Iceland, as jubilant animal rights activists on Sunday highlighted the “pointlessness” of the trade. Television pictures showed the boat returning to its original port of Reykjavik laden with the meat, followed by a boat chartered by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The boat carrying the meat from 10 whales originally left the Icelandic capital in June before docking in Rotterdam, then Hamburg. But before its scheduled departure for Japan, the Dutch maritime transporter Samskip announced on July 11 that it had agreed with other carriers not to export the meat and instead send it back to Iceland. The company also promised not to carry whale meat in future.

AFP

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