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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

May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Theresa Rose
May 22, 2018 Giulia Baldoni
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 21, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
May 21, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
May 21, 2018 James Long
May 21, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 21, 2018 Melissa Masters
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 21, 2018 Holly Greaver
May 18, 2018 Kimberly Worman
May 17, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
May 16, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 15, 2018 Victoria Oakey
May 15, 2018 Annemarie Ramaekers
May 14, 2018 Karen McMurray
May 13, 2018 ursela rabe For an otherwise such advanced nation to allow this immature macho behavior is a national shame.
May 11, 2018 GUNTHER RUCKL
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 virginia green
May 10, 2018 Stephanie Haig Lawrence
May 10, 2018 Robin Reinfeldt
May 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 7, 2018 Stacy Sokol
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2018 Patricia Padden
May 5, 2018 Lauren Poper I've always imagined Norway and there neighbors to be peaceful and lovely places, not a land of savage, blood-thirsty barbarians. How can you not be ashamed of this? How?
May 5, 2018 Claudia Schulz
May 5, 2018 Jeff Freedman
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2018 Joanne Harriott
May 5, 2018 Sandra Nichols
May 5, 2018 Fe Camila Azupardo
May 5, 2018 Virginia Mulle
May 4, 2018 Crystal Gibbon
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) Unecessary and needless. Some traditions aren’t for the best and don’t need upheld. This is one of them that doesn’t need to continue. Vile.
May 4, 2018 Marianela Delgado
May 4, 2018 Tracy Nicholls
May 4, 2018 Victoria Welsh
May 4, 2018 Kristin Levasseur
May 4, 2018 Siby Pearce
May 4, 2018 Mona Huynh
May 4, 2018 Lyn Short Another barbaric race of people who stick old barbaric traditions
May 4, 2018 Debbi Zavorski How disgusting. Anyone who can do something like that is sick.
May 4, 2018 Sae Magata
May 4, 2018 Nancy Udell
May 4, 2018 Najma Cole Please stop this barbaric hunt especially as whale meat is not safe to eat for humans due to large quantities of mercury and other metal toxins.
May 4, 2018 Debbbie Babb THAT IS SO CRUEL AND INHUMANE!

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