British Tourists Warned Against Breaking International Law by Bringing Whale Meat Home from IcelandPosted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am by ReefTools
[photo Bruger:Erik Christensen]
Every year, approximately 70,000 British tourists visit Iceland. The Foreign Office at Keflavik airport issued a warning informing travelers not to bring home any whale, which would be a violation of International Law protecting endangered species.
Stiff penalties of imprisonment or fines of up to £5,000 could be handed out by the courts for violations of these rules. Whale meat is actually on sale at Keflavic airport, as it is only the importing of this meat that would be illegal under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (Cites).
It seems that Icelandic whalers have been offering tourists a chance to join them at sea on the hunt, then eat whale meat and blubber. This is ridiculous.