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Faroe Islands: Whaling

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made or will make to the Government of Denmark regarding the practice in the Faroe Islands of injuring and not killing whales as a sport. [HL660]

I am not aware that the practice of hunting whales and dolphins for sport takes place in the Faroe Islands. The Faroese claim that their drive hunts, or grind, provide an important supplement to their diet and whales and dolphins are killed purely for food. However, the UK has long been concerned about the welfare aspects of these hunts, in particular the cruelty involved. Consequently, the UK has made representations on this matter to Denmark, including pressing for improvements in the conduct of the hunts.