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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

Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 20, 2018 Michelle Bouchard This is so barbaric! It’s horrible and senseless. Why as humans do we think we take anything we want and do whatever we want?
Mar 20, 2018 Jasmin Stoltenfeldt
Mar 19, 2018 Candice C
Mar 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2018 arjo polder stop the massacre
Mar 19, 2018 Catherine D.
Mar 19, 2018 Jameson Sachs
Mar 19, 2018 Alson Sachs
Mar 19, 2018 Sinje Fromme-Sachs
Mar 18, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota
Mar 18, 2018 Balabey Mintemur
Mar 18, 2018 Manuela Mintemur-Frenzel
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Maria van Geel
Mar 18, 2018 Beth Mitchell
Mar 18, 2018 irene schweizer
Mar 18, 2018 Anja Dürig
Mar 18, 2018 Bernhard Efinger
Mar 18, 2018 Jackie Wilson
Mar 18, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
Mar 18, 2018 Tracy Cronje
Mar 17, 2018 Jennifer Mccrory
Mar 17, 2018 Evelyne DOMPMARTIN-DERI
Mar 17, 2018 sandra barker
Mar 17, 2018 Nazgol Betash
Mar 17, 2018 Diane Summerville
Mar 17, 2018 Kimberly Halverson Whales should be protected, isn’t it bad enough we are killing the Barrier Reef and over harvesting the oceans as well as polluting our oceans. I demand this barbaric murder stopped!
Mar 17, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2018 Jackie Nichols
Mar 13, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 13, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Mar 13, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Mar 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Shanna Damien
Mar 11, 2018 Edeltraut Renk
Mar 9, 2018 Claudia Zol #stopkillingwhales
Mar 9, 2018 Sam Mcfadzean
Mar 8, 2018 Darlene Buckland Stop Hunting Whales!
Mar 8, 2018 Milena Ceroni
Mar 7, 2018 Shelby Heimbach
Mar 7, 2018 Jean McEvoy
Mar 7, 2018 Stacey Horton
Mar 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 7, 2018 Christopher Tompkins
Mar 7, 2018 Aude Mongiatti
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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