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Whale beer banned in Iceland

WDC welcomes the news reported in Icelandic media that ‘whale beer’ has been banned before it goes on sale.

The announcement last week that the Steðjar brewery was going to use whale meal as an ingredient in a new beer caused international outrage. WDC took to the airwaves to debate the issue with the brewery’s owner and the issue received widespread coverage in the media.

The Public Health Authority of Vesturland, where the Steðjar brewery is located, has now announced that the whaling company Hvalur Inc, does not have a license to produce whale meal for human consumption and therefore it cannot be used in the beer.

In December, Iceland announced its self-determined whaling quota would rise to 383 whales in 2014.