Britain: Don't Import Whale Meat From Iceland

LONDON (AP) — The British government is warning travelers to Iceland that bringing whale meat back with them could lead to a fine or a jail term. Iceland continues to hunt whales despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, and the meat is widely sold there. The Foreign Office on Wednesday updated its travel advice page for the North Atlantic nation, noting that "any importation of whale meat to the U.

LONDON (AP) — The British government is warning travelers to Iceland that bringing whale meat back with them could lead to a fine or a jail term.

Iceland continues to hunt whales despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, and the meat is widely sold there.

The Foreign Office on Wednesday updated its travel advice page for the North Atlantic nation, noting that "any importation of whale meat to the U.K. will result in seizure of the goods, possibly a fine of up to 5,000 pounds ($8,000) and a custodial sentence."

The government's international travel advice pages typically warn of risks from crime, terrorism or natural disaster.

Whale meat imports to the European Union are banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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