The news has sparked calls for consumers to boycott HB Grandi, Iceland's largest fishing and seafood export company, which controls nearly 12 percent of the country's fishing quotas. The company actively promotes whaling and processes the meat for market. Others are also calling on lawmakers to recognize Iceland's whaling program, especially in light of the upcoming IWC meeting in September.
"EU member states have to wake up to the fact that commercial whaling and trade, in defiance of the IWC and CITES, is taking place right on their doorstep," said Clare Perry, Senior Campaigner for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). "This hunt of endangered whales must no longer go unchallenged – we look to EU member countries to lead opposition to Iceland's whaling at the IWC meeting in Slovenia."