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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


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
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Jan 1, 2018 Diana Talbott
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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
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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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Dec 15, 2017 Beverley Stewart
Dec 14, 2017 Vatrina Faudree
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Dec 14, 2017 Charlotte Fleming Culture is no excuse for genocide.
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
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Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
Dec 12, 2017 Sieglinda Preez
Dec 10, 2017 Cynthia Rutledge
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Dec 3, 2017 Aaron Feinstein
Nov 30, 2017 JO Daiber
Nov 29, 2017 Anne Shackman
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Nov 28, 2017 Michalla Mitchell
Nov 26, 2017 Pablo Bobe
Nov 22, 2017 Patty Millspaugh
Nov 22, 2017 Sally Wynn
Nov 21, 2017 Kara Wendholt
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Terri Robb
Nov 19, 2017 Barbara Miles

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