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Closed petition Suspend UK trade deals with Nations that hunt dolphins or whales

Blue Seas Protection wants the Government to send a clear message to all countries that the UK will not tolerate the hunting of dolphins and whales!

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Suspend trade deals with countries that hunt dolphins or whales.

Stop seeking trade deals with countries that hunt dolphins or whales.

In 1982 the International Whaling Commission decided that there should be a pause in commercial whaling, and this remains in place today.

Despite this, Endangered whales and dolphins are being unjustly targeted, hunted and killed.

Whale meat contains high levels of toxins and chemicals that if consumed are a danger to human health.

Whales and dolphins (cetaceans) are a vital part of the oceans ecology and life in the ocean.

Therefore they need to be protected; so the hunting and killing of cetaceans must stop.

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MPs call for new measures to protect marine mammals

MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have called for action by the Government to help protect marine mammals in the UK and abroad.

Report on protecting marine mammals in the UK and abroad

Last month, the Committee published a report on the issues affecting marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises and made recommendations to increase marine mammal protection.

The report calls on the Government to implement the following key measures:

  • Launch an initiative to fund the development of new technological solutions to marine mammal monitoring
  • Accelerate the pace of action on management plans for protected areas in UK waters
  • Work with the devolved administrations to bring down bycatch numbers
  • Produce an action plan to work towards mandatory bycatch monitoring
  • Bring in bespoke primary legislation on marine mammal protection
  • Include commitments to marine mammal conservation in new trade agreements

You can read a summary of the Committee's report, and the Committee's full report on their website.

The Government now must respond to the committee's report, which was published on 28 June 2023, within two months. The committee will publish the Government’s response on the Committee's website.

What is the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee?

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is a cross-party group of backbench MPs that scrutinises the administration, spending and policy of the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is a select committee. Find out how select committees work.

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