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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2014
Question for written answer E-009281-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (NI)

 Subject:  Whale hunting in the Faroe Islands
 Answer in writing 

Every year, in the Faroe Islands, whales and dolphins are killed in a bloody fashion. Their massacre causes atrocious suffering and the animals are left to slowly bleed to death.

Yet the legally autonomous Faroe Islands are a territory of Denmark, a Member State where whale hunting is banned.

At international level, whale hunting has been banned since the 1985-1986 season. This moratorium was declared by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), mainly because of the scientific uncertainty regarding world whale stocks.

The European Union, for its part, passed measures to protect cetaceans (whales, dolphins, etc.) from being hunted, captured or held, as well as against any deliberate disturbance or commercial trade, including in products made from these animals originating from non-EU countries. Cetaceans are also protected at European level by several legislative nets and strategies.

Given this situation in the Faroe Islands, what can the Commission do to put an end to this despicable massacre once and for all?

Original language of question: FR 
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