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Whales: Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Simon Reevell Simon Reevell Conservative, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plans to take to protect whales at the 2012 meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I will be attending this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in July (IWC64) to demonstrate the UK Government's commitment to the work of the IWC, and our support for the moratorium on whaling.

The UK will continue to oppose all forms of whaling, other than limited whaling operations by indigenous people for subsistence purposes.

The UK will continue to be a key advocate of conservation issues, including support for the creation of sanctuaries, the development of conservation plans for endangered species, such as Western Gray Whales and Southern Right Whales, the development of the whale watching industry and increasing funding for conservation research.

The UK has also submitted a report, seeking the endorsement of the IWC, with recommendations on strengthening the IWC's role in conservation and welfare.

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