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Sharon Dijksma, Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs announced that the Netherlands has committed to prevent the transit of fin whale meat from Iceland through Dutch ports.

The announcement came in response to an online petition by Avaaz.org which had been signed by over one million people in just one week.

Commercial fin whale hunting is set to begin in Iceland next week after a two-year suspension. Japan is the main market for meat from the endangered species.

The Dutch government has listened to the urgent public appeal to help prevent a new whale massacre, stated Pascal Vollenweider, Senior Campaigner from Avaaz in a statement.

“The State Secretary’s announcement sends a clear message to the whalers that they cannot expect it to be business as usual in Europe”, said Vollenweider. “The Netherlands’ initiative to launch a code of conduct could be decisive in closing down Europe to the transfer of bodies of these endangered majestic creatures,” he added.

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