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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 14, 2018 Jaana Pajulintu
Apr 14, 2018 Janet Ginepro
Apr 14, 2018 jenn barlet
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 georgina italy Please, STOP Killing Innocent Animals!!! And they have Soul, and they want to live Free like us in this world !!!
Apr 8, 2018 Dagmar Pongratz
Apr 8, 2018 sandra barker
Apr 8, 2018 Chhu Bhattacharya
Apr 8, 2018 Dutch Sinco A tradition of cruelty can never be justified!
Apr 8, 2018 Carla Arrieta
Apr 7, 2018 martha keagle
Apr 7, 2018 Ertie Evangelista
Apr 6, 2018 Elke Rahn
Apr 6, 2018 Jenny See
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Mittelstead
Apr 6, 2018 sanja valecic How long with that atrocity?!
Apr 5, 2018 Margherita Pinto
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Mar 31, 2018 Dave Croft
Mar 31, 2018 Teresa Wright
Mar 31, 2018 Angie Yompkins
Mar 30, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Chi
Mar 29, 2018 Jánosné Sebők
Mar 28, 2018 Dallene Weaver
Mar 28, 2018 Brea Viragh
Mar 27, 2018 Margherita Pinto
Mar 27, 2018 Olga Sebok
Mar 27, 2018 MaryJo DeGiuseppi
Mar 27, 2018 Anne Kohut
Mar 27, 2018 Michele Costa
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 Gina Lippa
Mar 26, 2018 Peggy Mahle
Mar 26, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Mar 26, 2018 Tracy Wood
Mar 25, 2018 Laura Gustoson
Mar 25, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Mar 25, 2018 Yolanda Gomez
Mar 25, 2018 stacy brainard
Mar 25, 2018 Dr John F Doorish
Mar 25, 2018 kelly mcgouran
Mar 25, 2018 Roberta Norris
Mar 25, 2018 Shannon Leitner

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