Following the exposure by WDC of the commercial sale of whale meat in Denmark, the Danish authorities have finally agreed to WDC’s demands to change their laws and so restrict further sales of the meat.
Evidence gained from a previous WDC undercover operation in the country revealed whale meat from Greenland was openly on sale commercially in Denmark. A WDC team found the minke whale steaks and blubber available to buy at a tourist shop in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, thus putting Denmark in breach of European Union (EU) laws, which ban EU Member States from the killing and commercial sale of whales. WDC has spent recent months successfully collecting and supplying evidence and legal analysis to the Danish and EU authorities to try to halt these sales. That pressure has now paid off and, in addition to the moves by the Danish government, the tourist shop in question has since stopped selling whale meat to customers and destroyed what meat remained. There are currently no other similar tourist outlets or Greenlandic organisations authorised to import and sell whale meat, and so no whale meat is now currently sold in Denmark.