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Whales: Conservation

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in recruiting more pro-conservation countries to join the International Whaling Commission. (159982)

We continue to lobby all countries who express any interest in joining the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to support the UK’s position. Uruguay has recently joined and several other countries have committed to adhere in time for next year’s annual meeting.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also shortly deliver an updated version of the publication “Protecting Whales - A Global Responsibility” to host Governments to encourage more anti-whaling countries to join the effort to protect these species and maintain the moratorium on commercial whaling.