Whale-meat and brain damage
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 1994:
A comparison of the pilot whale
consumption of pregnant Faroese women
with amounts of methyl mercury found in
umbilical cords and maternal hair has
discovered that those who eat whale meat
often pass mercury to their fetuses at lev-
els which may cause brain damage.
Conducted by biochemists Christine
Dalgard, Philippe Grandjean, Poul
Jergensen, and Pal Weihe, of Odense
University, Denmark, the study was
published in the June/July 1994 issue of
Environmental Health Perspectives.
Ignoring the international ban on com-
mercial whaling, Faroe Islanders kill
circa 2,000 whales a year. The Faroes are
a Danish protectorate.