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Below, you can read the letter I have just fired off to Andrew Jones MP (Harrogate & Knaresborough Conservative Party MP). It seems bizarre that I am having to write about the subject matter – Whaling – in 2016 (nearly 2017).
Greenpeace was founded to help highlight the plight of the whale. That was decades ago. Yet, we are still having to campaign to help protect them.
In the interests of democracy, I will publish the reply at the foot of the post.
Dear Mr Jones,
The matter I am writing to you about is an old matter – yet it is just as pressing today as it was thirty years ago. After thirty years, the global ban on whaling is under threat and I am requesting that you ask George Eustice MP to stick by the Conservative Party’s pre-election promise to oppose commercial whaling.
Over the past three decades, many whale populations have slowly started to recover. But, some countries are seeking to exploit this fact and restart commercial whaling. In your party’s pre-election manifesto, the Conservatives said “We will oppose any resumption of commercial whaling.” Please ask George Eustice to stick by this commitment.
On October 24th members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will be meeting to discuss the future of whale conservation.
For a long time the UK has been a world leader in whale protection – now George Eustice must stick the Conservative’s election promise and reject any threat to the ban on commercial whaling.
It’s also vital that that the UK government support measures for further whale conservation – such as the proposed South Atlantic whale sanctuary. George Eustice must do the ethically sound thing and stick by the party’s pre-election commitment. I hold zero sway in Parliament but you have a seat there, Mr. Jones – please voice the concern of a constituent to Mr. Eustice.