Dutch Parliament Adopts Resolution Against Icelandic Whaling
Following the lead taken by Germany last year, the Dutch parliament recently adopted a resolution making Icelandic whaling a ‘zero tolerance issue’ for the Netherlands.
The 15 December Resolution proposed by C.S Ouwehand states that “with regard to the possible accession of Iceland to the EU, there must be a condition applied that Iceland ceases whaling immediately”.
The Parliament calls on the Dutch government to ask that EU Member States and the European Commission “strongly urge that prior to any possible accession of Iceland to the EU, Iceland must immediately abide by and respect the decision-making within the IWC and CITES and therefore must immediately stop whaling and trade in whale products”.
WDCS congratulates the Dutch Parliament for this bold move and encourages other European Parliaments to follow the lead taken by Germany and the Netherlands.
Source: 23 987, Uitbreiding van de Europese Unie. Nr. 113 MOTIE VAN HET LID OUWEHAND C.S.