This video is about dwarf minke whales off Australia.
No whale meat in SPAR supermarkets!
OceanCare is calling on SPAR International to use its influence to persuade NorgesGruppen and SPAR Norway to immediately withdraw from all purchasing, processing, sales and distribution of whale products. Raise your voice to save the whales now.
Dear Mr. Leutholds,
To my dismay I’ve discovered that SPAR/EuroSPAR stores in Norway are selling whale meat. These activities fuel a cruel, unnecessary and antiquated hunt, which ignores the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling, which came into effect in 1986.
The Norwegian Government has allowed the killing of more than 12,000 minke whales since the whaling ban took effect, including at least 534 individuals that have been killed so far this season.
However, demand for whale products in Norway is very limited; this is why the whaling industry is desperately trying to find new ways to boost the domestic market. It is more than disappointing that SPAR’s parent company NorgesGruppen has let itself be taken in by this strategy, and is actively cooperating with a Norwegian whaling company and the Norwegian government to boost whale meat sales.
While I am aware that SPAR stores outside Norway do not sell whale meat (this would be in violation [of] national and international laws), SPAR Switzerland should act in its own best interest by urging NorgesGruppen and SPAR Norway to immediately stop sales of whale meat. The name of the SPAR group must no longer be tainted with the blood of protected whales.
I call on you to help to stop this bloody business.
PS: This message will be forwarded to your colleagues from SPAR International (Netherlands) and national SPAR Central Offices in Germany, Austria, England, and France.
WHALES ARE DYING IN DROVES OFF THE COAST OF ALASKA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is incredibly worried. The news comes on the heels of the agency’s announcement that July was the hottest month on record. [Ed Mazza, HuffPost]