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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


Aug 21, 2017 Stacey Olphin
Aug 21, 2017 Astrid Süßbrich
Aug 20, 2017 France Botte
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Aug 20, 2017 Ken H
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 Anja Kongsted
Aug 20, 2017 Nena Woelk
Aug 20, 2017 Reinhardt Jassmann
Aug 20, 2017 Sandra Smith
Aug 20, 2017 Marianne Sachs-Iacob
Aug 20, 2017 Carlos Sanchez Martín
Aug 20, 2017 John Meszaros
Aug 20, 2017 Renata Puppin
Aug 20, 2017 Martine Sulpice
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Aug 20, 2017 Penelope Allingham
Aug 20, 2017 Carmen Celea
Aug 20, 2017 Renia Van der Staey
Aug 20, 2017 Rosana Macieira
Aug 20, 2017 Alexandra Juvancic
Aug 20, 2017 zaira de bonis
Aug 20, 2017 Janny Morsink
Aug 20, 2017 Joelle SACHET
Aug 20, 2017 mandy kriebel
Aug 19, 2017 Tammy Guess
Aug 19, 2017 Cinzia Dottori
Aug 19, 2017 Bily Ramos
Aug 19, 2017 Roberta Limoli
Aug 19, 2017 Vandevelde Catherine
Aug 19, 2017 catoul yvette
Aug 19, 2017 Jan Riedijk
Aug 19, 2017 mireille dumont
Aug 19, 2017 Sonja Chardonnens
Aug 19, 2017 DURAND MARIE-CHRISTIANE
Aug 19, 2017 gabrielle EBEN
Aug 19, 2017 Petra Stadtmueller
Aug 19, 2017 Esther van t Voort
Aug 19, 2017 Sam Harrington
Aug 19, 2017 rita rpissensi
Aug 19, 2017 Wilma V brandwijk Stop
Aug 19, 2017 Gerhard Kuenl
Aug 19, 2017 simone maes
Aug 19, 2017 Denise Bonet
Aug 19, 2017 Victoria Watkins Stop The Slaughter. Your Country Has No Right To Murder These Innocents.
Aug 19, 2017 Inge Stadler
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Aug 19, 2017 Daniel Cabello
Aug 19, 2017 Ina Gerhold

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