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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

Aug 17, 2018 Cynthia Flewelling This is beyond barbaric. It is a horror. These are emotional, intelligent, social creatures. I have no words to describe the grief I feel.
Aug 17, 2018 Martin Andrews
Aug 17, 2018 Jessica Self
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2018 Kirsten Rønn
Aug 17, 2018 Denise Watson
Aug 17, 2018 Liora Rubinstein
Aug 17, 2018 Billie Lind
Aug 16, 2018 Susan Haddeland "Tradition" is NO EXCUSE for pointless, mass animal slaughter! It is INHUMANE! MAKE IT STOP!
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) As a person living in a developing country, I always look up to the developed ones as a model. I'm so disappointed and realized that the greatness of a country can be judge on how its animals are treated.
Aug 16, 2018 John Turner
Aug 16, 2018 Ursula Berghaus
Aug 16, 2018 Ennio Giannelli
Aug 16, 2018 Kristin Stark
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 Evgeniya Terterashvili
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Akiko Sasauchi
Aug 14, 2018 c duncan
Aug 14, 2018 Martin Mansfield
Aug 13, 2018 Maria Hernandez
Aug 13, 2018 Aida Ruiz
Aug 13, 2018 Mary Beaulieu
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2018 Barbara Achey
Aug 12, 2018 DOT SPARROW
Aug 11, 2018 Lucille Gherardini
Aug 11, 2018 Jennifer Cooper This savage event committed by these monsters is a crime against our planet. They have no right to commit this vile and abhorrent act! It must stop, and they should be held accountable!!!!
Aug 11, 2018 Aida Candeal
Aug 10, 2018 Jalisa Jones
Aug 10, 2018 Maureen Campbell
Aug 9, 2018 Richard Brigg
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Randyl Sachs
Aug 8, 2018 Roslyn Riall
Aug 8, 2018 Jörg Jung
Aug 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Ronald de Moura
Aug 7, 2018 Pamela Pittman
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 7, 2018 Summer Gomes
Aug 6, 2018 Carol Dorn Stop the Whale Massacre In The Faroe Islands!
Aug 6, 2018 Laura Cheetham
Aug 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2018 Teresa Tarin
Aug 5, 2018 lorri MacQueen
Aug 5, 2018 Peter Skirenko
Aug 5, 2018 Neusa De-Veylder

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