UKIP’s Farage Is Far From Dolphin Friendly

UKIP vote against proposal to help tighten up drift net legislation

Strasbourg, 14 February 2007 — Proposals to introduce a uniform definition of driftnets to help control and enforce restrictions and so further protect dolphins and whales got the thumbs down from a far from dolphin-friendly UKIP today.

Driftnets, huge nets placed near the sea surface and banned by the EU since 2002, can trap large numbers of whales and dolphins.

Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Sir Robert Atkins MEP said: “Driftnets have been banned in the EU for several years now. This proposal tightens up procedures. UKIP clearly doesn’t care for dolphins.”

NOTE: In a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today (Wednesday February 14) on a proposal to tighten controls authorising driftnets, UKIP members were amongst only a tiny handful of the 785 MEPs who voted against approval of the report.Result: 663 in favour, 17 against (including 7 UKIP) and 10 abstentions.

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