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Faroe Islands: Whales

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to hold discussions with Faroese representatives on the recent slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands; and if he will make a statement. (244053)

The UK recognises with deep concern that these actions still occur in Faroese waters and we regularly raise the matter with Denmark at the International Whaling Commission.

The UK will continue to be extremely critical of these small cetacean (dolphin and porpoise) hunts because of their limited regulation, cruelty and unsustainable numbers taken.

All cetaceans are protected in EU waters under the Habitats Directive and no EU country hunts small or large cetaceans. We would like to see the Faroese observe this and other EU conservation directives in their efforts to seek greater integration and co-operation with the EU.