Campaigners in the U.K are calling on Warners Fish Merchants Ltd, which supplies 8 per cent of Britain’s fish and chip shops, to halt imports from the Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi, due to its links with the whaling company Hvalur.
Clare Perry, senior campaigner for the Environmental Investigation Agency, argues that by purchasing fish from the import company, British consumers are effectively paying into the pockets of Icelandic whalers. “British consumers care deeply about whales and dolphins and would be horrified to know that the fish and chips they are buying put more money into the pockets of the Icelandic whalers,” she told independent.co.uk.
Owner of Hvalur, Kristján Loftsson, is chairman of the board of HB Grandi and the two companies have shared processing facilities, independent.co.uk reports. However, as Gary Warner, managing director of Warners Fish Merchants, pointed out, HB Grandi is not involved in the hunting of whales.