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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

Oct 20, 2017 Adam Ostler
Oct 18, 2017 Swetlana Frei
Oct 17, 2017 Maria Bansfield
Oct 16, 2017 Nick Stockbridge
Oct 15, 2017 Petra Stadtmueller
Oct 15, 2017 Pat Shannon
Oct 14, 2017 Kate Bernhart
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 14, 2017 oren k
Oct 13, 2017 Jeni Nathanielsz
Oct 13, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Sandra Kuschel
Oct 13, 2017 robert dowling
Oct 13, 2017 Theresia Simon
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 Micaela Sorin
Oct 11, 2017 Pamela Ierubino
Oct 10, 2017 Luis Valencia
Oct 10, 2017 Cindy Royster Why is so much pain and suffering inflicted on these whales? How would the people of the Foroe Island react if they were herded into a room before their killer and the last day of their lives?
Oct 9, 2017 Kimberly Elmer Stop the slaughter!!!
Oct 9, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 6, 2017 Charlotte Bojesen
Oct 3, 2017 Angela Meeks
Oct 3, 2017 Ankita Jain
Oct 2, 2017 Gail Canning killing whales including pregnant females is despicable. It's time to end this vile tradition
Oct 2, 2017 RODICA BADEA
Oct 2, 2017 Gina Arens
Oct 2, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 2, 2017 marina danilova
Oct 2, 2017 Donna Murphy
Oct 2, 2017 Jodi Malitsky
Oct 1, 2017 shirley jones
Sep 30, 2017 Sheila White
Sep 30, 2017 Charlotte Dover
Sep 29, 2017 doris gonen
Sep 29, 2017 Karen and Will Lozow Cleary
Sep 29, 2017 Sherryll Shaddock
Sep 28, 2017 Rose Ravenscroft
Sep 28, 2017 Stephanie Bennett
Sep 28, 2017 Carol Lake
Sep 28, 2017 Snezana Trkulja
Sep 28, 2017 Matyáš Kosík
Sep 28, 2017 Matthew Mckeever
Sep 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2017 dionne toye
Sep 28, 2017 Janis Higgins
Sep 28, 2017 ALEC Pereira
Sep 27, 2017 Pamela Trepke

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