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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


Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 j McDermott
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Chang
Jun 8, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Jun 8, 2018 Lisa Ritchie
Jun 8, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
Jun 8, 2018 Colleen Vdokakes
Jun 7, 2018 Tam Long
Jun 7, 2018 Susan Diller
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Deborah Anne Hall Relegate this 'tradition' to the history books where it belongs. Appalling act.
May 26, 2018 Zdeněk Vítek
May 26, 2018 faye munro
May 25, 2018 Debra Raymond
May 25, 2018 Nicole Goberdhan
May 25, 2018 bruce hall
May 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 23, 2018 Helle Mikkelsen
May 23, 2018 Erika Raven
May 23, 2018 shelley mckee
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)

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