Pippa slammed for eating whale meat
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, has been criticised by an animal welfare group for admitting to eating whale meat.
Ms Middleton has written about dining on smoked whale carpaccio in a travel review about a Norwegian skiing holiday that appeared on a national newspaper's website.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) said she was "unwittingly setting a bad example" for other tourists.
In the article which appeared on the Daily Telegraph's website this week, Ms Middleton, writing about day three of the trip, said she and a companion stayed in designer accommodation by the River Valdolla.
She said: "We dined on smoked whale carpaccio (which tastes similar to smoked salmon but looks more like venison carpaccio), followed by a signature rustic Norwegian dish of salted cod in tomato, with hunks of fresh homemade bread to mop up the sauce."
The organisation, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, reports on its website that Norway hunts minke whale under an "objection" to the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on commercial whaling.
An Ifaw spokeswoman said that in Norway whale meat was eaten by local people but t heir concern was if people in the public eye consumed the product it may encourage tourists to follow suit.
Philip Mansbridge, UK director of Ifaw, said: "It's likely that Pippa Middleton wasn't aware of the horrific suffering caused by commercial whaling nor the devastating damage that it causes to whale populations.
"By eating whale meat, she is unwittingly setting a bad example that may encourage other tourists to do likewise.
"We would hope she acknowledges her mistake and will promote whale watching true to the slogan 'Meet us, don't eat us'."