January 23rd, 2014 (Elysia McMahan). When a Norwegian stand at Berlin’s Green Week trade fair was caught selling Minke whale meat, custom officials immediately closed it down.
In Germany, selling whale meat is illegal, but Norway is one of the few countries in the world, including the Danish Faeroe Islands, Iceland, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Japan, where it is permitted.
Whale protection activists criticized the sale of the so-called marinated bite-sized snacks.
“Norway has broken numerous laws,” said Astrid Fuchs from the WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (formerly WDCS), the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins.
After the WDC visited the stand, they tipped off custom officers, who then seized nearly seven pounds of Minke whale meat. If the distributors are convicted of the crime, they could face a hefty fine and up to five years in prison.
The state prosecutor’s office…