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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 18, 2017 angelika wegner
Aug 18, 2017 Cynthia Longo
Aug 18, 2017 Wolfgang Zang
Aug 18, 2017 Rosi Zang
Aug 18, 2017 Mike Mohs
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 Floyd Grant
Aug 16, 2017 Paul Carver
Aug 16, 2017 Ann Waldrop
Aug 16, 2017 Fran Giordano
Aug 16, 2017 Nina Lilly This isn't tradition this is just pure lust for blood! Not acceptable in the 21st century!
Aug 15, 2017 Patrick Felix
Aug 15, 2017 Tracy Anger
Aug 15, 2017 Carly Northwood
Aug 15, 2017 Nellie Baez
Aug 15, 2017 MICHAEL ROSSI
Aug 15, 2017 Linda Giorgianni
Aug 15, 2017 Carla Presnell
Aug 14, 2017 Timothy Goddard
Aug 14, 2017 Nanda Miccoli
Aug 14, 2017 Dmitry ermolaev
Aug 13, 2017 Hinda Joy Laury
Aug 13, 2017 refhan irtem
Aug 12, 2017 Tim Gunn
Aug 12, 2017 Vivian Sue Rosen Belsky
Aug 12, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 12, 2017 Bonnie McCrimmon
Aug 11, 2017 Claudia Gorecki
Aug 11, 2017 James Painter
Aug 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2017 Dietmar Hörl
Aug 10, 2017 Susan Closson
Aug 10, 2017 Deborah Ebersold
Aug 10, 2017 L Michetti
Aug 10, 2017 Karen Lutz
Aug 10, 2017 Loretta Long
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 Debra Cassiero
Aug 10, 2017 Marianella Torres
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 Inmaculada Martínez
Aug 10, 2017 Patricia Tesoriero
Aug 10, 2017 HENRIETTA BACSO
Aug 10, 2017 Linda Kohn
Aug 10, 2017 Maret Muur
Aug 10, 2017 Vicky Munaretto Just because this has been a tradition does not make it right. It's time for change so stop this sickening traditional and stop the unnecessary slaughter.
Aug 10, 2017 cara frame
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) The needless killing must stop.
Aug 10, 2017 Jørn Aanundsen

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