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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 22, 2018 karina oleynikov
Jul 22, 2018 karri rolien
Jul 22, 2018 David Cotner Guess I'm not vacationing in the Faroes until this gets resolved!
Jul 22, 2018 Elsa Howstan
Jul 22, 2018 Jaime Schutter
Jul 22, 2018 Kathrin Mueller
Jul 22, 2018 Lorraine Roth
Jul 22, 2018 Susan Gillespie
Jul 22, 2018 Dani Gamez
Jul 22, 2018 Paul A
Jul 22, 2018 Vernon Martinez
Jul 22, 2018 Saba Mirel
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Jonathan Barnes
Jul 21, 2018 retro jet People of the Faroese Islands, you will be held accountable for your atrocious acts of murder. Do you really want die out from toxic poisoning and public humiliation?
Jul 21, 2018 Sandra Matz
Jul 21, 2018 Frances Parrish
Jul 21, 2018 Jennie Nicholson
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Angelika Radke
Jul 21, 2018 chris mills
Jul 21, 2018 Hope Wessel
Jul 21, 2018 valentina halliday
Jul 21, 2018 Denise Sebik
Jul 21, 2018 Patsy Charman
Jul 21, 2018 Ainsley Ort
Jul 20, 2018 Helene Mårtensson
Jul 20, 2018 viviane vanbuggenhout
Jul 20, 2018 Vicki Peters
Jul 20, 2018 Gina Ruttle
Jul 19, 2018 Dennis Honkomp
Jul 19, 2018 Rachel Reynolds
Jul 19, 2018 Jessica DeniS
Jul 19, 2018 Kelsey Kennedy
Jul 19, 2018 Kathleen Esposito
Jul 19, 2018 Maria Monteiro
Jul 19, 2018 Laurie Geller
Jul 19, 2018 Valerie Gorin
Jul 19, 2018 Nannette Musumeci How can you just keep on stabbing a living creature? It is beyond me how people can be so inhumane. I think we need to call the humans animals and the animals humane. They kill for food not for entertainment.
Jul 19, 2018 Ian Gray
Jul 19, 2018 Shannon Foreman
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 Barbara Turner
Jul 19, 2018 cb michaels
Jul 19, 2018 Deborah Didato Barbarians and savages! This must stop!
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Gloria Wilkins
Jul 18, 2018 terry deptulski
Jul 18, 2018 Nancy Weiss

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