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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP welcome Euro Parliament’s demands on Iceland to cease all whaling

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, has welcomed a resolution adopted by European Parliament today that calls for Iceland to stop all whaling and drop its reservation lodged with the International Whaling Commission as a prerequisite for joining the European Union.

The call was made as part of an amendment to a resolution on Iceland’s application to join the European Union tabled by the Green/EFA group.

Jean said: “This is a big victory for all those who have campaigned long and hard against the premeditated, deliberate and unnecessary practice of whaling.

“The resolution sends a strong signal to Iceland that if they are serious about membership of the European Union, it must respect international standards. I hope that Iceland will now join the rest of the EU in seeking to put an end to this inhumane practice in the rest of the world.

“Such a positive result follows the positive outcome of the talks at the International Whaling Commission, where the ban was crucially upheld. It’s important that we act now to capitalise on this wave of international condemnation and stand together to put pressure on those countries who continue to practice this barbaric slaughter of animals.”