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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

Feb 17, 2018 Kevin Maher
Feb 17, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Feb 16, 2018 Jacqueline Schmidt
Feb 15, 2018 Michael Collins
Feb 15, 2018 Jane Edwards
Feb 15, 2018 L Mick
Feb 14, 2018 Adina Lesperance
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 11, 2018 Barbara Mateo
Feb 5, 2018 Kari King
Feb 5, 2018 Amanda Thweatt
Feb 5, 2018 Elena Samoylova
Feb 2, 2018 Hazel Hoggan We are watching our seas greatest beings slowly dissapear. The slaughter must end.
Jan 31, 2018 Maite Cathérine Wit Just because it is an tradition, doesn't mean it is not cruel and should be stopped immediately. Let the men show their power by protecting these animals, to me that shows more strenght than killing them.
Jan 30, 2018 Dawn Carter
Jan 29, 2018 nancy svejda
Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 27, 2018 Chris Stukesbary
Jan 25, 2018 Gloria Navan Have been to Faroe Islands not realizing they still slaughtered whales. Will not return because of this. There is absolutely no reason for them to hunt these creatures.
Jan 24, 2018 Erin Tierney
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 22, 2018 Carol Dibbens Some ancient traditions have no place in the modern world This is one of them and is barbaric and cruel Time these people in the Faroe islands started living in the 21st century This practice must be banned!!!
Jan 21, 2018 Donna Nitzke Medieval is certainly the right word. It's sickening that any animal be subjected to such torture, terror, and death because of an antiquated tradition that should have faded into the past long ago.
Jan 21, 2018 Marilyn Filomia Garrett
Jan 21, 2018 Naheed Asghar
Jan 21, 2018 Barbara Leyser
Jan 21, 2018 Jamie Daniels This is horrific!
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please STOP the KILLING.
Jan 17, 2018 KEVIN FOX
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2018 ANNE GREEN
Jan 7, 2018 (Name not displayed) The worse animal in the world is the human animal.
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 Diana Talbott
Dec 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2017 Jennifer Curtis
Dec 26, 2017 Lena Hansdotter
Dec 25, 2017 M D
Dec 22, 2017 Melanie Marshall
Dec 21, 2017 latry vincent
Dec 21, 2017 Dominique SOUARE
Dec 21, 2017 Amy Heicher
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 17, 2017 mauro torelli
Dec 16, 2017 charmaine macdonald
Dec 16, 2017 Judith Vermaas

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