“The Japanese government rejected imports of Norwegian whale meat because tests showed samples contained pesticides … thought to play a role in causing birth defects, neurological harm, and some cancers if humans consume them in high quantities. … In the past, shipments of Norwegian whale meat have been found to be infested with bacteria and also to contain potentially dangerous levels of mercury.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2015/mar/23/japan-refuses-norways-toxic-whale-meat)
Despite their increasing scarcity, whaling is getting like shooting sick fish in a barrel.
I like to keep my er whale blubber free of pesticides and avoid contributing to the environmental problem by using Green People health and beauty products.
“Whale beer will include, among other things, whale meal.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/01/icelandic-brewery-uses-dead-whales-in-its-beer)
Look out for a Real Whale Festival near you.
“Iceland is to increase its whaling quota … [even though] Icelanders eat little whale meat, and most of the catch is sent to the Japanese market where it is stockpiled in freezers due to lack of demand.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2013/12/iceland-could-kill-even-more-whales-in-2014)
However when the species are extinct the demand may pick up.