British Prince William’s sister-in-law eats whale meat


This video from Australia says about itself:

Swimming with Dwarf minke whales on board Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

From Wildlife Extra:

Pippa Middleton admits eating whale meat in newspaper column

Pippa Middleton has recieved criticism from conservationists across the world for eating whale meat on a trip to Norway, which she recounted in her column for the Daily Telegraph.

In the piece she said: ”We dined on smoked whale carpaccio (which tastes similar to smoked salmon but looks more like venison carpaccio).”

Despite strong international pressure and commercial whaling being banned since 1986 Norway is still one of three countries (the other two are Japan, and Iceland) that still allows whaling and in 2014 had a record year when more than 700 were killed.

“This is really disappointing news, particularly as Pippa is so high-profile, and given how active her brother-in-law, William [Duke of Cambridge], is on speaking out against poaching and wildlife crime. Commercial whale hunting is banned, the UK government backs the ban and for good reason. Killing whales is cruel, there is no humane way to kill them and many are slaughtered using brutal harpoon grenades. Last season, 731 minke whales suffered an agonising death at the hand of Norwegian whalers.”

Pippa does not say what type whale meat she ate but the most likely one is minke, the second smallest baleen whale.

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: “It’s likely that Pippa Middleton wasn’t aware of the horrific suffering caused by commercial whaling nor the devastating damage that it causes to whale populations.  By eating whale meat, she is unwittingly setting a bad example that may encourage other tourists to do likewise. We would hope she acknowledges her mistake and will promote whale watching true to the slogan: meet us, don’t eat us.”

From Celebitchy.com:

“Pippa is not known for common sense or compassion, but it still beggars belief that anyone, let alone someone from a country like ours, where whale meat has long been banned, could be oblivious to the uproar over Norway’s slaughter of these gentle giants,” Elisa Allen, associate director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals U.K., said Thursday in an exclusive statement to E! News. “Does she think or read? What’s next, a panda steak or an elephant canapé? These whales are harpooned and bled to death before they’re gutted. If Pippa is looking for a culinary experience, some of the best high-end vegan food—recently named by Forbes magazine as a top food trend—can be found in Norway, and it’s good for the heart, an organ Pippa seems to lack.”

Kate Middleton’s uncle charged with assault after incident in London street: here.

9 thoughts on “British Prince William’s sister-in-law eats whale meat

  1. Arctic minke whale populations are listed as “least concern” by the IUCN. Estimated in the several hundreds of thousands, their numbers appear to be increasing. This is a sustainable, responsibly harvested resource. The 700 or so whales Norway harvests each year is about 0.002% of the number of cetaceans that die in fishing nets each year (about 300,000).
    The threat to whales is not to be found in a plate of carpaccio. The threat exists in the devastating impact human overpopulation is having on our oceans. Want to save whales? Work to educate people about limiting their fertility rates. And recognize that over a person’s lifetime, engaging in routine events such as driving a car, consuming produce produced on large farms, running air conditioning and doing anything that draws energy from a coal-fired plant (which puts mercury in the oceans and CO2 in the atmosphere) is having far, far more impact on whales than is a single restaurant meal of whale meat.

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    • Fin whales, also killed by Norwegian, Icelandic, and Japanese whalers, are very definitely not ‘least concern’.

      They are endangered:

      http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/2478/0

      The IUCN does not say that the number of minke whales ‘appears to be increasing’. They say:

      “While declines have been detected or inferred in some areas, there is no indication that the global population has declined to an extent that would qualify for a threatened category.”

      They also don’t say that minke wale numbers are “in the several hundreds of thousands”.

      They say “in excess of 100,000 individuals”:

      http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/2474/0

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      • Hi Petrel41. The article we responded to named minke whales, and while the IUCN does not say that they are increasing, other sources have said that the are, or at least appear to be stable – and either way, they are listed as “least concern.” But you’re correct: the northern population is more reliably placed at between 100,000 and 200,000 – not the several hundred thousand we initially stated.
        Nonetheless… we stand by our observations: Norway’s harvest of whales is about 0.002% of the 300,000 cetaceans killed by fishing nets each year; the relatively small numbers of minke’s harvested for food is an insignificant threat to their population next to this by-catch and overall environmental degradation; and over the course of an individual’s lifetime, driving cars, flipping on light switches, consuming products from large-scale agriculture and so forth have a far, far greater impact on the status of whales than does one restaurant meal of whale meat. We feel that calling out a celebrity on this – while ignoring all these other factors – is unfair and unhelpful.

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        • Hi, thanks for your reply.

          The article does mention minke whales, but just as a guess; so, it may also have been fin whale meat.

          As for cetaceans killed in fishing nets: they are overwhelmingly not minke or fin whales, but smaller species like harbour porpoises.

          That there are other human activities which kill whales does not make killing by commercial and/or pseudo-scientific whalers allright. If a Bahrain dictatorship spokesperson would say: ‘OK, there is torture in prisons in Bahrain. But, if you look at torture in prisons in Saudi Arabia, in Turkey, in Chicago in the USA, etc. etc., these are much bigger numbers than in Bahrain. So, don’t talk about Bahrain’ then people would NOT accept that.

          The difference between whales killed as bycatch by fishermen and whales killed by whalers is that it is rather easy to reduce bycatch numbers drastically:

          https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/good-albatross-news-from-argentina/

          The reasons why that often does not happen are money, profit, money, profit, etc. etc.

          Pro-animal organisations don’t neglect other factors threatening whales apart from whaling.

          And I am not even talking about the toxic danger of (Norwegian) whale meat to humans:

          https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/norwegian-toxic-whale-meat-banned-even-by-the-japanese-government/

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