Skip to main content

Whales: Conservation

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to the governments of other countries on whaling since the last meeting of the International Whaling Commission in June 2009; what plans he has to make further such representations before the next meeting of the Commission in June 2010; and if he will make a statement. (307191)

I wrote to the Japanese Minister of Fisheries on 24 October expressing the UK's continued opposition to the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean and the North west Pacific and to the hunting of small cetaceans in Japanese coastal waters.

On 2 October, the UK took part in a strong diplomatic protest (démarche) to Iceland expressing our extreme disappointment with the killing of almost 200 minke and fin whales this year and called upon the Icelandic Government to review Iceland's Whaling policy.

Before the next annual meeting of the IWC Foreign and Commonwealth Office posts will again lobby countries in support of the UK's position, seeking to encourage new anti-whaling nations to join the IWC and endeavouring to change the opinion of Governments which currently support whaling.