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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

Jul 17, 2018 Linda Miller Well, since we are NO LONGER in the medieval period, let's STOP this already!!!
Jul 17, 2018 sheridan hanney
Jul 17, 2018 lisa brasher
Jul 17, 2018 lisa Whitaker
Jul 17, 2018 Debra Snow
Jul 17, 2018 John Rybicki
Jul 17, 2018 Sally Batteson
Jul 17, 2018 Ianto Anglesey,,,
Jul 17, 2018 Larisa Sume
Jul 17, 2018 NADINE RITTER
Jul 16, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Jul 16, 2018 Margarita Politte
Jul 16, 2018 Cynthia McGough
Jul 16, 2018 Alina Grinshpun-zelvyansky
Jul 16, 2018 Kitty Johnson
Jul 16, 2018 Timothae Harvey
Jul 16, 2018 Diamond Giatzoglou
Jul 16, 2018 debra tiritilli
Jul 16, 2018 Nikki Jedlicka
Jul 16, 2018 Debbie McKinnon
Jul 16, 2018 Annelie Kullander
Jul 16, 2018 Jessica Taliaferro
Jul 16, 2018 Aida Quiles
Jul 16, 2018 Jean Le Marquand This annual blood-fest is nothing more than a disgraceful display of justify it using the word "tradition" is a cop-out. It used to be "tradition" to burn so called witches on the stake too. Cruelty by any other name is still cruelty!
Jul 16, 2018 Mary Schmotzer
Jul 16, 2018 Michael and Suzanne Quinn “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Jul 16, 2018 Lea Derence Don't support any form of animal cruelty. Join the vegan movement. Visit to find vegan & vegan friendly restaurants in any city and, like these Facebook pages to get vegan recipes: Bosh, Vegan Huggs, So Vegan, Vegan Richa, Gloriously Vegan
Jul 16, 2018 Sneha Savla
Jul 16, 2018 Lourdes González
Jul 16, 2018 Pauline Thomasson
Jul 16, 2018 Iva Stoykova
Jul 15, 2018 Megan Glover
Jul 15, 2018 Pamela Gibberman
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Jul 15, 2018 Maria Charlier
Jul 15, 2018 Debra Gutierrez
Jul 15, 2018 Diane Gaertner
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Jul 15, 2018 audrey mayer
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