Parliament will consider debating the trading relationship the UK has with the Faroe Islands, after the petition started by campaigner Dominic Dyer reached 100,000 signatures today.
The petition calls on the Government to suspend the free trade agreement (FTA) with the Faroes until the slaughter of dolphins and whales ends.
Last month, we wrote about the changing local opinion of the hunt and a sustained social media campaign has boosted the number of UK residents signing the petition.
The Government gave the following response in October:-
The UK strongly opposes the hunting of cetaceans and is committed to upholding high animal welfare standards in its trade relationships. We continue to urge the Faroe Islands to stop cetacean hunts.
Now, it looks as if the matter will be debated in Parliament.
Vegan Conservatives co-chair, Graham Godwin-Pearson, says, "The cruel and barbaric hunt of dolphins and whales is a cultural legacy that plays no role in modern society. A forward-thinking approach to cetacean conservation will benefit the Faroe Islands in more ways than one - apart from anything else, making the islands a more attractive tourist destination."
If you would like to sign the petition and haven't yet, you can do so here: UK Government petition