Policy paper

UK’s position on the hunting of whales, dolphins and porpoises

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

UK's position on the hunting of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and its efforts to work with the Japanese Government.

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The UK strongly opposes the hunting of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) other than some limited activities by indigenous people for clearly defined subsistence needs. The UK remains concerned over the small cetacean hunts in Taiji and Futo, in particular with regards potential population impacts and animal welfare. The UK Government continues to raise these concerns with the Japanese Government and has sought assurances that the legislation regulating them will be improved and enforced.