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Denmark’s Faroe Islands Continue Dolphin Slaughter

(Warning: Graphic Images)

The Cove won a well-deserved Oscar (and several other awards) this year for uncovering the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.  While it was being made, another discovery put the Japanese people on notice: the flesh of the dolphins is toxic, highly poisonous due to mercury content from them ingesting mercury-tainted fish.  Similar levels of mercury poisoning have caused horrible birth defects in the past, right there in Japan.  The Cove demonstrates how doing the right thing by other animals on the planet is the right thing for humans as well.

Apparently that message was lost on the people of the Faroe Islands, a holding of Denmark.  Their dolphin and whale slaughter continues.  The consumption of the flesh also continues.  What will it take for an otherwise civilized Western European nation to grow up?

Slaughter.  That’s a strong word… but not strong enough.  How else could one describe these images?

This is a rite of passage?

This is a rite of passage?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a spectator sport
And a spectator sport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Calderon dolphin's repayment for trusting men and coming near them to interact with fellow sentient beings.

This is the Calderon dolphin's repayment for trusting men and coming near them to interact with fellow sentient beings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaffing Hook in Pilot

The butchery is neither painless nor silent. Dolphins scream out, sounding very much like a human child, as they are sliced and hacked apart while still alive and conscious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not the action of civilized men. This is barbaric and hostile violence towards a peaceful sentient, sapient, and sovereign species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the Faroese claim Tradition, does this LOOK like any sort of tradition? Hundreds of powerboats herding the peaceful cetaceans towards their death?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands of people have signed petitions.  The government of Denmark / Faroe Islands ignores them; petitions go unheeded.  It is time that we, citizens of this planet, called upon our own governments to tell Denmark / Faroe Islands that the whales and dolphins they slaughter are not theirs to kill.  It is time that we fought back for the sake of those who cannot speak at our courts.  We must demand that our government put Denmark and the Faroe Islands on notice: We will NOT passively permit you to continue this vulgar practice!  We will place sanctions against you until it stops.  We will not buy or sell with you.  You are shunned, unwelcome, until you stop slaughtering these fellow residents of the earth.

This is our planet, the earth is our mother, and all of the creatures who share it with us are our fellows, brother and sister inhabitants.  It is not ours to do with as we please.  We’re only here borrowing it for a while.  The Calderon dolphins may very well be led to extinction by this killing, and extinct is forever.  They are just one of the species of cetaceans killed by these people.  NO intelligent creature should be treated this way.  Despite claims to the contrary, the Faroese do NOT need to do this to survive.   Please, do all you can to make it stop.

P.S. Apologies to any Danes who feel they are being unjustly singled out, but the fact remains that the Faroe Islands are a territory of Denmark.  If Denmark wants to sever all ties to that territory, we will be glad to change the title of the article.   Until then, the title remains accurate.

PPS: It has been nearly 2 years since this article was written.  We have invited the Faroese into a discussion, and they participated.  When it got circular and there was nothing more to be gained, I ended the discussion.  There have been many comments submitted EVERY DAY about these ongoing horrors.  Many of them are emotional, reactionary, and have at least some of the facts wrong.  But the facts that they’re mistaken about are not foundational; their position isn’t any less right, for example, that they thought Pilot “whales” are endangered, or if they’re called Calderon or something else.    For the past year or so, I’ve censored out many posts that called for violence to the Faroese.   I have just release them all, editing out only the most offensive of them, allowing people’s own words to “speak” for them, for better or worse.

Thanks to all of you for your passion and involvement.  Though the Faroese have turned down offers to supplement their income in lieu of continuing the Grind, it remains our most fervent hope that they will do so of their own will.

Children of the Faroe Islnds, showing no respect for the slaughtered pilot whales.

Children of the Faroe Islands, showing no respect for the slaughtered pilot whales.

Faroese Boys In Bloody Waters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments are now closed for this post. I’m taking the liberty of having this last word:

If the Faroe Islands are so horribly barren as you Faroese apologize/defend, that you (Faroese) cannot grow food in hothouses, cannot raise eggs, etc., and the (over)fishing that you’re already doing still cannot support your people, then it is far better to leave that place (or redouble your efforts to grow vegetables in hothouse environments) than to continue killing these sentient, sapient, sovereign beings, just to survive. It’s not 200 years ago anymore. Relocating would be easy enough to do… if it were actually a matter of survival.

There is no good excuse for this… and the powerboats that drive hundreds and thousands to their deaths are NOT part of any tradition, even if tradition were to be given some special importance. (Slavery was a tradition, too.) It is time for the Faroese to end these horrible atrocities, the deaths they bring, and the poor health and shame they heap upon themselves by refusing to do so.

JT
Founder
Protect The Ocean

29 January, 2012

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  1. Trine says:

    Sigh. Obviously there has been no research done here.

    They’re not slaughtering them for some ritual of passage.
    They’re killing them as humanely as they can for food.

    The Faroe Islands doesn’t have much fertile earth, nor much wildlife. You’re complaining about this, but I don’t hear any of you complaining about hunting deer or elk, or about cows that are pretty much just raised to be slaughtered in massive slaughter farms.

    Which is worse, hmm?

    On the Faroe Islands, they even distribute the meat to everyone who wants it, and donate the rest to hospitals for example. The whale meat contributes to about 1/4th of their meat intake.

    The whales are murdered as swiftly as possible. They certainly aren’t being strangled by hooks, or whatever else lubricious accusations you’re all just throwing around for dramatic effects.

    Please do your research.

    Sigh and quote bogus BS all you want. The FACT is that they ARE slaughtering them. And the FACT is that an argument that others do the same or worse is a fallacy, does NOTHING to mitigate the subject addressed here. And the FACT is that their flesh is toxic as well. The FACT is that they are “murdered” as you admit, viciously, with barbaric weapons. They will live on beyond their bodies’ ability to move, trapped in their own minds, taking in the horrors. Babies, pregnant females, entire families. NO ONE hunts land creatures this way.

    We’ve done our research… and you don’t like that your atrocities are coming to the light. We don’t need to fabricate. The truth is plenty bad enough. Why don’t you stop trying to defend it and move to a better place if the land is so horribly barren? — JT

  2. Samanthamarie says:

    Maybe sharks would have been a better idea. Fair fight at least. Dolphins are natures one critter that willing comes up to us out of curiosity not malice and here the danes are taking advantage. Sick, just sick. Sharks baby! Bring it on

  3. One guy says:

    I agree it is a disgusting practice but many things we do in society are like this. HOWEVER, biggest reason to not agree here is that facts are not completely correct. Only support that which is accurate and stop skewing people’s minds.

    ED: So the dolphins (that’s what they really are) are NOT being slaughtered after being herded by a multitude of powerboats? Families of self-aware, wise (knowing right from wrong) beings are not being killed? The meat is NOT laced with mercury, and the Faroe Islands’ people really would starve without it? What material aspect is so incorrect that it overwhelms the rest, justifies this? — JT

  4. Harriette says:

    they sucks! I cannot understand how damn they could do that, totally ignoring the voice against them? They don’t seem like human beings. They are just barbarians. They are even worse than animals. Don’t they know every animal including human beings has own values and purposes for each life? Shame on the people of the Faroe Islands and the government of Denmark.

  5. frank says:

    Denmark has a higher standard of living than most countries in the world. This behavior is easy to understand if you know history. Denmark has remained neutral in every conflict since the beginning of time. These people haven’t got the guts to go hand to hand with another human being in a violent confrontation.

    So killing harmless animals in the most horrendous of ways in full public view of their fellow Danish citizens somehow proves to their kids that they have some backbone.

    Impotent Whimps one and all.

    I would say boycott Denmark but, what the hell do they manufacture? Pastry!

  6. Amy Gilbert says:

    Utterly disgusting! What the hell is wrong with these people? Someone should do to them what they’re doing to them & let the waters run red with their blood! It makes me cry to see the depths to which mankind can sink to

  7. John Taylor says:

    Comments are now closed for this post. I’m taking the liberty of having this last word:

    If the Faroe Islands are so horribly barren as you Faroese apologize/defend, that you (Faroese) cannot grow food in hothouses, cannot raise eggs, etc., and the (over)fishing that you’re already doing still cannot support your people, then it is far better to leave that place (or redouble your efforts to grow vegetables in hothouse environments) than to continue killing these sentient, sapient, sovereign beings, just to survive. It’s not 200 years ago anymore. Relocating would be easy enough to do… if it were actually a matter of survival.

    There is no good excuse for this… and the powerboats that drive hundreds and thousands to their deaths are NOT part of any tradition, even if tradition were to be given some special importance. (Slavery was a tradition, too.) It is time for the Faroese to end these horrible atrocities, the deaths they bring, and the shame they heap upon themselves by refusing to do so.

    JT
    Founder
    Protect The Ocean

    29 January, 2012

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