POLL: Should the slaughter of pilot whales in the Faroes be stopped?

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Last week a pod of 30-50 pilot whales was slaughtered in the first grindadráp (grind) of the year, on the island of Viðoy in the Danish archipelago.

The ordeal began this morning when locals spotted a pod of between 100-150 pilot whales passing by Svínoy.

Several boats then drove the pod of whales approximately 11 kilometres to Hvannasund, where the whales were forced to beach, and slaughtered by locals.

The pilot whales were chased eleven kilometers before being killed. Image via nordlysid.fo

Faroese media outlets have confirmed between 30-50 pilot whales have been killed.

“Is it exactly these kinds of atrocities that authorities in and the Faroe Islands are attempting to cover-up, by refusing Sea Shepherd crews entry to the archipelago,” said Sea Shepherd Operation Bloody Fjords Campaign Leader, Geert Vons.

“And this is exactly the reason why we continue to push the increasing global momentum to end this bloody and brutal practice.”

In 2015, the international crew of the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, was unlawfully denied entry to the Faroe Islands by Denmark.

In 2016, a new law was passed in the Faroe Islands which requires that all Sea Shepherd volunteers must have a visa to enter the archipelago.

As a result, Sea Shepherd has modified its tactics in the battle against the grindadráp.

The organisation’s 2016 Defense Campaign, Operation Bloody Fjords, sees Sea Shepherd take its battle against the grindadráp to the heart of the Faroese and Danish institutions that continue to promote this outdated practice.

This article was first published by Seashepherd.org on 06 Jul 2016.

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Andy Murray

We are living in the 21sentry killing for food is one thing but slaughtering something on this scale is really dumb. No different then me killing one hundred deer. Make fake wale meat for their consumption. Killing is easy but when not to, takes a real person to understand tha taking of life. Those people seamed inculped in all the gut and blood, they seamed content to kill on a mass scale!

Valerie J Rowan

Unbelievable cruelty

Jackie Watson

It's barbaric and heartbreaking

Celia de Grammont

its hard when the elite who rule this world of ours that should be shared with compassion and dignity for all who live here with us…but we are so busy fighting and slaughtering our own species and in between trying to raise families on meagre wages for long hours to support and fill the coffers of the already unbelievably rich…….if we overcame fear and stood up and be counted I believe there are more compassionate people out there than the likes of the mindless morons with cruel hearts that get some warped thrill out of this……Instead of all this waffle… Read more »

Marie Jo Raey

c'est une honte de traiter ainsi la plus vieille race de la terre j'en ai vue une c'est magique arrêtons le massacre

Jupp Kerckerinck

Several years ago I wrote a letter to the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess of Denmark and all I got back was a note saying that the Royal Highnesses prefered not to comment on this matter. This man, soon to be King, surely is not a good example for his subjects, by not doing the right thing, which is to stop this barbaric slaughter of highly intelligent marine mammals.

Geraldine Nickson

This must stop. Mindless uneducated morons with murder on their evil minds, they need locking up. Cruel violent imbeciles. STOP THE CRUEL KILLING OF OUR WILDLIFE!

Barbara L. Miles

This is insane. What are these people going to do when they have depleted these species. This is nothing but a massacure which is horrible. These people have no compassion for these species plus definitely have no conscience.

Julie Roberts

Its a barbaric and cruel tradition thats carried out by people who are truely displaying pyschopathic behaviour, any person who can smile while slaughtering innocent beings is suspect of being capable of any type of cruelty to Animals or other!!

Ulf Moortensen

also this Dolphin specie is the only creature on earth, which have a lot more brain-cells, than chimpanzee, elephants, humans, and dolphins… boycut the faroerne.!!!! a shame they also is a
part of Denmark

Valane Vander

How can it he allowed to continue?
A rotten event, cruel and disgraceful murder of animals vital to the survival of ocean life and therefore the world itself. Taking disgusting advantage of the dedication of conservationists across the globe. Mocking conscience and compassion.

Dianna Vandenberg

This is in part why our wild animals are disappearing. One selfish disgusting ” tradition”

Andromeda Jean Laux

Must get banned……..

Bonnie Jay

Is this fing question real? How can it even be a question? What are you people doing wasting time on asking an asinine question when you should be STOPPING THE CRUELTY AND EVIL. SHEESH!

Melissa Newberg

This is horrific and should be stopped. The meat is not even safe for consumption! Perhaps the locals have eaten so much they suffer brain damage and don't see the wrong in what they do. Progress into this century! After all, humans learned hand washing stops the spread of disease…..

Marilyn Leybra

There are pictures/ documentation enough to leave nothing to the imagination & makes total sense that Sea Shepherd has modified its tactics to now be going to the heart of the Faroese and Danish institutions that continue to promote this outdated practice. Iceland too, continues killing the world's second largest animal, the endangered finback whale which they sell to Japan. And Japan, notorious for Taji dolphin slaughter, slaughter's Minke whales annually as well & Norway hunts Minke to sell to Japan. Neither Sea Shepherd or the International Whaling Commission has power to defend whales anymore than sharks have anyone to… Read more »

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Colin West

Did you know Denmark has not long banned animal brothels? Talk about uncivilised countries, this takes the biscuit!

Colin West

Just look at the savages smiling at the slaughter of majestic wildlife! May they reap what they sow, may they rot in hell!

Marilyn Ashman


Max Hanna

This is just terrible, disgusting and sickening – shame on these rotten, heartless people who have no conscience – shame on this whole rotten country that allows its people to slaughter innocent whales who are really very intelligent and were put on this planet by GOD for a purpose – we need them for our stability of the earth – shame on Denmark – I hope some day it will fall injto the sea like Atlantis – I would not shed one tear for this rotten country –

Linda French

Disgusting, shameful – I would never go to Denmark. The people who do this must be sick, and a culture that shows lack of compassion, education. I also urge anyone planning a trip not to go anywhere in Denmark or on a cruise that goes to Port there. The world is watching.

Elsa Byleveldt

Why are they killing them. Trying to understand. Senseless.

Tom Kamran McNamara

If they are endangered and/ or not eaten: Yes. Otherwise No.