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Whales: Japan

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to secure a complete ban on whaling by the Japanese Government. (177712)

The UK Government have consistently voiced its opposition to Japanese “scientific” whaling. Most recently, on 8 January, I called in the Deputy Ambassador from the Japanese Embassy in London to express the UK’s outrage, and urge Japan to end its slaughter of whales.

On 21 December 2007, the UK, along with 29 other countries, took part in a demarché to the Japanese Government calling on Japan to

“cease all its lethal scientific research on whales, and assure the immediate return of the vessels which are implementing JARPA II” (the Japanese “scientific” Research Programme in the Antarctic).