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Whale Advocates Bring Anti-Whaling Message to Boston

The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers Coalition, an alliance of animal protection and conservation organizations, will be present at the Seafood Exposition of North America from March 6 to 8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The coalition intends to educate restaurant and supermarket representatives about supply chain concerns related to Icelandic whaling.

The coalition is asking companies to review their seafood sources for ties to an Icelandic seafood firm, HB Grandi, which is controlled by the infamous Hvalur hf whaling company. Susan Millward, executive director of the Animal Welfare Institute, one of the coalition members, reports that despite an international ban on commercial whaling, Hvalur has killed more than 700 endangered fin whales since 2006.

“Our coalition will remind those attending Seafood Expo North America that their customers do not want to buy fish from companies linked to Iceland’s cruel and unnecessary commercial whaling industry,” she says.

Members of the coalition will be available to meet with the public during the duration of the Seafood Expo North America, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 6 and 7, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 8. The first 50 people to visit the team will receive a free coalition T-shirt.

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. For more expo information, visit For more information on the coalition’s efforts to stop commercial whaling in Iceland, visit