Denmark Supports the Slaughter of Pilot Whales and Dolphins

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Who are the deceitful Danes disguised as Faroese who kill whales?

A bit of research into Faroese holders of Danish passports is revealing. According to the attached Faroese article, 86% of the people of the have chosen to hold the Danish passport.

They are given a choice of holding the red Danish passport or the green Faroese passport. They cannot hold both. The red Danish passport allows them to work in the European Union (EU). In other words, full EU benefits without compliance with EU laws.

A pod of 61 pilot whales slaughtered August 12 in Sandavágur, Faroe Islands. Photo: Sea Shepherd / Cris Cely

The logical choice is the red passport over the green one because of these benefits.

It is illegal for a citizen of the EU to participate in the killing of cetaceans. It is a violation of the Berne Convention. This includes Danish citizens.

The Faroese claim to be exempt from EU regulations and laws because they claim they are not members of the European Union.

Theyreceive EU subsidies through . provides military, immigration and policing services to the Faroes. Sea Shepherd volunteers, most of whom are EU citizens, were prosecuted in the Faroes by a Danish prosecutor, sentenced by a Danish judge and deported by Danish Immigration.

Danish Immigration deported EU citizens for trying to protect whales in the Danish Faroe Islands, yet allows Danish passport holders to kill whales in violation of the Berne Convention.

The Danish Prime Minister and every single member of the Danish Parliament supports the of whales yet Denmark continues to insist that this an exclusively Faroese issue.

Claiming independence from the EU allows the Faroese to do things they could not otherwise do as members of the EU, like trading with Russia despite the EU embargo, fishing outside of EU regulations and of course killing whales.

It is a big Danish con. If 86% of the people living on the Faroes hold Danish passports that makes them Danish citizens and thus members of the European Union. And the laws of the EU clearly state that EU members cannot kill whales.

This loophole must be closed. The Faroese want to have their cake (EU benefits) and eat their cake (killing whales) too. Legally, they simply cannot have both.

Sea Shepherd is researching legal avenues to challenge this duplicity. Denmark is now the third largest -killing nation after Norway and Iceland. Thanks to Sea Shepherd’s successful campaigns in the Southern Ocean, Japan has fallen from its position as the largest -killing nation to fourth place. The destruction of whales is now pretty much a European enterprise.

This article was first published by on 18 Aug 2015.

If you oppose what Denmark and the Faroe Islands are doing to whales and dolphins, please register your protest by leaving your comments at the bottom of this page.


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Max Hanna

This is so terrible – Denmark must stop this barbaric custom. They are showing the world how rotten they are – these whales are innocent victims of their greed – they laugh about it – they have no conscieence – These whales will soon be extinct because of these filthy, evil scum of the earth – shame on Denmark – I hope they fall into the sea someday like Atlantis – fRotten leaders that permit their people to slaughter innocent whales

Monika Lindenberg

Shame on Denmark for supporting the grind.

Susan McGraw Keber

I read it is an annual tradition. The meaning of it is a rite of passage from boyhood to man. A barbaric tradition that should be outlawed. They corral the whales for the sole purpose of slaughter. It is hideous. If this is a measure of manhood in Denmark they need to be educated. Men do not need to slit open whales to let bleed to death and suffocate to prove their masculinity. It’s an outrage!

Dave Bond

I will boycott Danish products until this unacceptable whale slaughter is ended forever.

Bobby Balfour

I'm disgusted at the duplicity exposed in this feature, of Denmark and of the Faroese people who want it both ways and ignore laws when it suits them.

Carole Pellizzari

yeah welll they are the same country where it is legal to have sex with bound dogs in their brothels .. so they aren't exactly human anyway

Maria Manuela Lopes

Unbelievable, Disgusting, shame. No more words for that.

Deanna Troy

How can any government grant permission to do that! Shame on all of them, those who do it and those who allow it to happen!

Ken Billington

Comment by Bharat Shahane – "I support this rally against the slaughter of whales and dolphins globally, and particularly in Denmark legislated environments and societies in EU. To Denmark authorities: Your inaction and silent cognisance of such heinous outrage sullies the honourable reputation as one of the most noble societies and no to mention the image of your Royalty as passive accomplices. Immediately: Confiscate their passposts, and prosecute them to the full extent of law. Or stand up and accept you are murderers of whales."

Jenny Bier

This ongoing slaughter is is a deep shame on both the Faroes and Denmark…a cruel backward, wasteful, unethical blood bath. Now we find that while profiting from our EU..the Faroes flount the EU rules..opportunist and cynical…This must be stopped as must this Murder…

Susan McGraw Keber

This is a violent act of murder and should be banned. It is vile and evil and I can not imagine any human being would think otherwise. Disgraceful and criminal to slaughter these beautiful creatures of the ocean.

Linda French

The horrors behind this country are disgusting! I have written many letters, and supported Sea Shepard campaign. This is appaling and done for no other reason than to prove Manhood. I have cancelled my trip to Denmark that I was planning, and I have encouraged people on my facebook page not to travel to this country and I have also posted on Denmark tourist facebook page my disgust. Finally I guess you can not expect much from a bunch of Inbreds on the Faroe Island! What I do not understand is why EU has not done anything about this!

Sharon Coombs

I'm disappointed in Denmark. It's off my travel destination list as is Norway and Iceland for the same reason.

Simon Tucker

I have been to Denmark and thought it a civilised place. Appearances are obviously deceptive. I shall make a point of boycotting all things Danish until they stop the slaughter.

Ketty Ahern

digusting and inmorable ungonorable act harming inconet animals

Ray McMillan

This is unbelievable that an educated people can be so Barbaric. I just fail to understand how any thinking person can be so willing to shed the blood of innocent creatures. We as mankind will be serverlly punished for our cruelty eventually..

Cindra Broenner

yes…sooner or later…countrys and their bad habits come out to where everyone knows what they are all about…boycott them-their country-their exports and their everything…they will get the point…

Mark McCandlish

I once visited Denmark as a child in the 1960's. and wandered through Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and stood along the shoreline where the "Little Mermaid" statue is located. It was, to my eyes, a beautiful country. But now, as an adult, I see the horrors quietly supported by the Danish government, who grants Danish passports to citizens of the Faroe Islands even while they kill Dolphins and Pilot Whales in violation of the Berne Convention. Please join me in boycotting anything from Denmark including patronizing that country through tourism until this terrible slaughter ends once and for all.

Nickynoodles Smedley

Human arrogance makes me so angry cant the united nations be involved in this if this is the case .

David Stevens

Disgusting & more two faced politics !

Julie Beddome

I thought the Scandinavian countries were more progressive than this, but I was wrong.

Tim Baily

Typical example of human greed for money over personal ethics and the consequences of their actions, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Jan Palmer

WHY??? what on earth can validate this horrific slaughter of sentient beings?? there is no story coming up with the awful photo, and for one, I am sitting waiting for the revelation of why the danes and faroese think this is OK!

Diane Pizza

A good read…