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Every year on the Faroe Islands — a semi-autonomous country consisting of 18 islands off the coasts of Norway and Iceland — a barbaric whale massacre takes place. Hundreds of pilot whales are lured to the shallower waters of the Faroe Island bay, where they are then killed with knives. Locals slash and stab the whales' outer skin until the surrounding waters turn red with their blood [1].

The annual Faroe Island whale slaughter, known as the grindadráp [2] or Grind, is one that dates back to the medieval period and is an event steeped in tradition for the Faroese. Many people come from all over the world to watch the slaughter, and when it's done, they eat the whales' meat. Whatever is not consumed at the end of the slaughter is simply thrown away.

The Faroese are all but decimating an entire species [3] of precious marine mammals and it must be stopped now. Not only do these innocent whales need to be saved from slaughter, the hunt needs end to protect the health and lives of the Faroese themselves. High levels of mercury and heavy metal toxins in the whale meat can cause neurological damage, birth defects, and other harm [4].

Whales are also social animals, which goes hand in hand with their intelligence. They live in structured groups, or pods, and work together for feeding, protection, and social interaction. These beautiful, precious marine mammals should never be murdered – they are far too intelligent, caring, and wonderful to be hunted for their meat. How could anyone do such a thing to a creature so smart and loving?

Not only do these innocent whales need to be saved from slaughter, the hunt needs end to protect the health and lives of the Faroese themselves. High levels of mercury and heavy metal toxins in the whale meat can cause neurological damage, birth defects, and other harm [5].

It's time for this barbaric tradition to come to an end. Sign the petition imploring Faroe Islands Prime Minister Aksel V. Johannesen to put an end to this barbaric event once and for all!

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Faroe Islands Prime Minister and the Minister of Education, Research and Culture:

I am appalled to learn of the pilot whale slaughter that takes place in the Faroe Islands every year. While I understand this is a longstanding tradition of the Faroe Islands, dating back to the medieval period, such a practice must not exist in today's world.

To have hundreds of these precious marine mammals lured into a shallow bay where they become confused and disoriented, only to have them be victims of a mass slaughter is unthinkable. Faroese who participate in the grindadráp use large knives to kill and dismember the whales — even killing pregnant mothers and removing the babies from their wombs postmortem.

Geographer Russell Fielding pointed out in an interview with National Geographic that while "other cultures in the Arctic and Europe started whaling long before the Faroese… but they have either stopped or changed their techniques quite a bit."

There is also the good of the Faroese people to think about, with the health concerns connected to consumption of whale meat containing mercury and heavy metal toxins.

The grind is nothing short of savagery and it must be stopped now. We cannot continue to allow these hunters to decimate a species so vital to the ocean's ecosystem. Please do the right thing and put an end to the whale slaughter now. The Faroe Islands will not be losing part of its identity or culture, it will be growing into a more humane one.


Petition Signatures

Sep 20, 2017 Kim Anthony
Sep 20, 2017 Wendy Horn
Sep 20, 2017 Lazar Lazarevic
Sep 19, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Sep 19, 2017 Dominique LANG
Sep 19, 2017 Liliana Fiorini
Sep 19, 2017 Evelyn Mancino
Sep 19, 2017 cindy takaht
Sep 19, 2017 eva schalin
Sep 18, 2017 Cinzia Moore
Sep 18, 2017 David Marshall
Sep 18, 2017 Melinda Matheus
Sep 18, 2017 Carol Doud
Sep 18, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 13, 2017 Donna Pacheco
Sep 13, 2017 Frank Ehmke
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 11, 2017 Jana Mooslechner
Sep 11, 2017 Rainer Deutrich
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 9, 2017 Janina Kowa
Sep 9, 2017 ulrike stindl
Sep 9, 2017 Andrea Schreyer Stoppen sofort!!!😈😈😈
Sep 8, 2017 Judy Stef
Sep 8, 2017 Martina Rothmaler
Sep 8, 2017 margit schwendinger
Sep 8, 2017 Melina Simon
Sep 8, 2017 Ulrike Deister
Sep 8, 2017 Nadja Heiliger
Sep 8, 2017 Saskia Heiliger
Sep 8, 2017 Anja Rudat
Sep 8, 2017 Sylvia Heiliger
Sep 8, 2017 Sonja Heiliger
Sep 8, 2017 Brigitte Jäger
Sep 8, 2017 Kim Konsen
Sep 8, 2017 Mirco Wall
Sep 8, 2017 Daniela Wehinger
Sep 8, 2017 Aline Plogmann
Sep 8, 2017 Julia Finette
Sep 8, 2017 Sonja Schmid Please stop the hunting of dolphins and whales. Thank you from Switzerland.
Sep 8, 2017 Cheyenne Teppan
Sep 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2017 Sanchia Fitzmaurice These whales help to fertilize our oceans with their iron rich waste, and help to circulate the layers of water found in the ocean aiding in its oxygenation to support other marine life. The ocean is deoxygenating, it needs our help not murder of innocent
Sep 7, 2017 Nancy Kimble
Sep 7, 2017 Michelle Wild
Sep 7, 2017 Manuela Flattich

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