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Document selected : O-000058/2017

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O-000058/2017 (B8-0324/2017)

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PV 06/07/2017 - 7
CRE 06/07/2017 - 7

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Debates
Thursday, 6 July 2017 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

7. Whale hunting in Norway (debate)
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  Marlene Mizzi (S&D ), in writing . – The European Union has consistently supported in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) the global moratorium on commercial whaling. It has also clearly positioned itself against trade in whale products in CITES meetings. It is therefore problematic that Norway not only continues to take whales for commercial purposes but has also become the most prolific world whaler, killing more whales in the past two years than Japan and Iceland combined. Norway’s practice of exporting whale products via EU Member States’ ports also threatens the consistency of EU policies in relation to whales and other cetaceans. Animals are sentient beings. Whether they are wild, farm or domestic, animals should be treated with dignity and respect. Animals have no voice and no vote to protest against the atrocious behaviour of humans in their regard. We have to show how civil and caring we are by giving a voice to these beings – who at times are more civil and more loving than men. Therefore, it is extremely important that the European Union continues to take its strong position and necessary measures, together with its international partners in order to engage with Norway towards reaching decisions more consistent with the EU approach and leading to better conservation of whales worldwide.

 
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