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Activists Say Whale Burgers Have a Special Sauce of Poisonous Mercury

By Joseph Calamia | August 30, 2010 11:50 am

whalemeatAnti-whaling activists are trying a different tack: Rather than focusing on the ethical problems with hunting and eating majestic and often endangered whales, they’re declaring that whale meat could be harmful to your health. Several groups want the World Health Organization to set guidelines for whale consumption, given the meat’s mercury content.

Though the World Health Organization does not currently have guidelines for the amount of whale meat someone should eat, it does list mercury as a chemical of public health concern, the BBC reports. Activist groups, including the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, argue that although fish may contain trace levels of mercury, the animals that consume those fish accrue much higher levels–and whales and dolphins, at the top of the food chain, could have dangerously high levels.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Food, Nutrition, & More Food
MORE ABOUT: cetaceans, mercury, whaling
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