If You're Going To Iceland, Please Don't Bring Back Whale Meat

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The emergence of whale meat being sold in Iceland’s Keflavik airport has caused the British Foreign Office to issue holiday-makers with a warning: don’t bring it home.The Guardian reports that Brits, 70,000 of whom visit Iceland each year, could face fines of up to £5,000 ($8,000) and jail sentences if they bring home the meat.

Although no cases have yet to be recorded, travellers are being reminded that bringing whale into the UK is illegal, as it is in the rest of the EU.

Last week the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society released a statement after it emerged that whale was being sold in the airport. According to the statement, minke whale steaks are on sale at the “Inspired by Iceland” store in the airport’s terminal.

According to the statement, staff at the store told tourists from the U.S. they could import the meat back home safely. This is not true, and U.S. citizens face similar penalties as the British tourists.

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