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Bar removes drink containing whale skin

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The owners of a cocktail bar in England have apologized for serving up a drink spiked with whale skin.
Bar Nightjar in east London used to serve a drink called Moby Dick, which had "a small amount of whisky infused with a single 2 cm X 5 cm strip of dried whale skin," the owners said in a statement.

“In hindsight, we realize that regardless of the legal framework around such products, it was an error of judgment on our part to include this on our menu and we would like to offer our apologies to anyone who may have been offended by it."

Hunting and trading of whales and dolphins is banned under European Union law.

Bar Nightjar's owners told the BBC that an employee bought the strip of whale skin while on a trip to Japan in 2011. They said that until the police arrived, they were not aware of the legislation and the drink has been removed from the bar's menu.

It said it was also going to train staff to ensure that "all ingredients on our menu are responsibly sourced."

Police seized the bottle of whisky for testing, but no charges have been laid.

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