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Iceland ships 1,700 tonnes of whale meat to Japan

Whalers cut open and inspect meat from a 35-tonne fin whale on June 19, 2009A ship carrying 1,700 tonnes of whale meat left Iceland on Thursday bound for Japan, said a leading animal welfare group that is protesting against the controversial delivery. The website Marinetraffic.com also showed the vessel, known as Winter Bay, leaving Hafnarfjordur port in western Iceland just after 1030 GMT. “Winter Bay has left Hafnarfjordur harbour with 1,700 tons of whale meat with Ghana… as their first destination,” Sigursteinn Masson, Iceland spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, told AFP.

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