Pippa Middleton may want to wear a disguise if she's ever in the vicinity of PETA's London office.
In her column for the Daily Telegraph, Kate Middleton's younger sister recalled trying smoked whale carpaccio (i.e. smoked-but-uncooked whale meat) during a recent trip to Norway.
Pippa noted benignly that the whale tasted "similar to smoked salmon but looks more like venison carpaccio."
Well, as you might be able to guess, animal rights groups—and PETA in particular—are finding her culinary adventure particularly distasteful.
"Pippa is not known for common sense or compassion, but it still beggars belief that anyone, let alone someone from a country like ours, where whale meat has long been banned, could be oblivious to the uproar over Norway's slaughter of these gentle giants," Elisa Allen, associate director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals U.K., said Thursday in an exclusive statement to E! News.
"Does she think or read? What's next, a panda steak or an elephant canapé?" Allen continued. "These whales are harpooned and bled to death before they're gutted.
"If Pippa is looking for a culinary experience, some of the best high-end vegan food—recently named by Forbes magazine as a top food trend—can be found in Norway, and it's good for the heart, an organ Pippa seems to lack."
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Reps for Pippa and the Telegraph have not yet responded to requests for comment.
The WDC, which tracks whale and dolphin deaths around the globe, also lamented the situation today, with whaling campaigner Vanessa Williams-Grey noting the irony of how Prince William is so active in the fight to stop illegal poaching in Africa and beyond.
"This is really disappointing news, particularly as Pippa is so high-profile, and given how active her brother-in-law, William, is on speaking out against poaching and wildlife crime," she said in comments posted to the WDC's website. "Commercial whale hunting is banned, the UK government backs the ban and for good reason."