Faroe Islands, Denmark, the slaughter of pilot whales

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Denmark’s shame


When the dolphin whales get close to Denmark’s Faroe Islands it is a day of celebration. Schools close and the children come to the beach with their parents. The people dress in traditional costume, and are eager to receive the cetaceans.

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The dolphin whales arrive in groups, there are many females with their young. They are sociable animals, they are curious and they are not afraid of humans. It’s the great autumn festival for the islanders. The motor boats urge the whales into the bay which is not deep.

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Then they come close up with 2 kilo harpoons that are used many times on the flesh of the animal until it is immobilised. The Faroe Island executioners can then pull out the blades and cut up live fat and flesh to get through the spinal chord. The young Danes applaud while the whales cry out. Didn’t you know? Whales cry out like humans when they are being butchered. The water takes on a beautiful colour of red blood. 2,000 whales are dragged onto the shore by the courageous inhabitants of the Faroe Islands so that they can be left to agonise. Most of them rot and are thrown back into the sea.

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The dolphin whale is a protected species and the number still in existence is not known.
I invite the readers of the blog not to take a holiday in the Faroe Islands, nor to buy Danish products as long as this ignoble massacre continues.
Send an email to the Queen of Denmark to ask her to intervene and promote this initiative on your own blogs.

Spread the word
Stop the whales massacre!


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The only thing "Wrong" I see here is about being wasteful. This is obviously a traditional cultural event. However in the same way we saw birds and buffalo "sport" hunted to the point of endangerment and extinction in the U.S., being mindful, conservative, and respectful to what the planet provides us for food, clothing, and shelter is the only proper way to be. If the community simply put a limit to the amount of the animals killed, it would be the best way to proceed. Those posting here about "Meat is Murder" and "Killing is wrong" all need to wake up from their slumber in unicorn fairy dust land. You exist because of killing. From the cellular level of your immune system killing off disease to the people you will never know who have killed to defend you, that is just the order of things. What keeps us from chaos is balance and moderation. Therefore, your outrage is certainly a good thing, but to go to the extreme of saying never kill or never eat meat is as foolish and extreme as the mass killing and waste depicted in this article. Balance and moderation = thriving society.

Posted by: Test | July 4, 2014 07:52 PM


If they are using the meat for food, then whats the big deal? The slaughter of these dolphins is how they survive. Seriously look at the pictures of their village do you see Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway, Quiznos, anything like that? Obviously everyone is part of this tradition teaching kids how to survive and live off the land. Anyone who is against this is gonna think a whole lot different if something catastrophic hits and we are forced to live off the land without being able to run to the grocery store to pick up pre cooked meals and other garbage to ingest. Think about it for a second and you might see that I have a point. If you grew up there you would have different opinions. Everyone is always whining and crying about protecting mammals, but in reality wtf would you do if you had to live off the land?

Posted by: Leon Ruotsalainen | January 25, 2014 06:08 AM


Make no mistake ..it actually is an addictive sport. No longer a necessity for primitive needs, this has become a modern thrill of enjoying a ritualistic mass slaughtering of huge benevolent beings by chasing, gaffing, and slicing throats among fellow hunters sharing the day long adrenaline rush. The ancient survival practice has been reduced to little more than an exciting, addictive bloodsport evidenced by their refusal to quit though it's not subsistence and many there disapprove.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLyiJf9G9iA

Posted by: Craig Allen | January 20, 2014 04:11 AM


It happens these Dolphins and Whales are very very like human beings.

These creatures can't be compared with rabits or cows. These creatures are aware, they think, they feel...

There are video's on YouTube about the intelligence of these species.

Basically these creatures are our twins. They are intelligent like us. They don't create physical things like we do, that create the illusion that we are the most intelligent specie on earth.. but they their world their communication is increadible rich. They make communicate complete environments to eachother, bit like we can do with our imagination.

Please educate yourself, and learn about dolphins and whales on youtube.

Google also Whales & Bashar or Dolphin and Bashar and you will understand these creatures are human equal...

Treat them like HUMANS..

Maybe it is very tempting to ignore and don't want to know.... it is more understandable if you earn money with these huntings, if you survive by killing these creatures..

More and more people get aware and remember they are very connected with these...

Posted by: JustBe | August 22, 2012 12:00 PM


it is sick to eat animals the way we do. everyday there has to be meat on the table between our teeth. ask urself if this is really necesary?watch the way u eat people, this is a huge example. i am a vegeterian with occasionel fish eating, but seeing that, i can only say it is freaking wrong to eat any kind of meat. we should educate ourselves more and see what other options there are. i have a dog and if eel so much love for this creature, i am sure if i had a baby sheep, baby cow, or baby pig in the garden, i would feel plenty of love for that creature too...its just wrong to eat animals, the way we do..occasional meat eating, once in a while, okay..but everyday just doesnt have to be...and shame on this island, by showing this to children...shame shame shame!!!!u should teach them how to respect and love animals, you fools...))))):

Posted by: diana schmidt | August 13, 2012 12:24 AM


It's an absolute shame on humans! I can't even believe what I've just read! AND WE CALL US CIVILIZED! THESE SICK PEOPLE SHOULD BE BURNT ALIVE!

Posted by: Soumya Koley | November 26, 2011 07:21 PM


Shame Shame Shame...and stop comparing this with the killing of chickens and cows, it is not the same!!! No one have killed a cow or chicken to show to his small children what a strong macho man he is! That would turn children into savage-cowards! And another thing..good luck in making a whales-farm!

Come on Norway people..you are supposed to be a highly civilized nation in the heart of European Noble Civilization !?!?!?! And you still have this highly primitive - disgusting - savage custom...and arguing that this is something that characterize you as a nation?!

If you cannot change this minimal (always disgusting!) aspect of your culture then what the middle-east people would say when the western-culture people ask them to change their whole concept of women and ethics about life????

A monkey in a suit.. will ALWAYS be a monkey!!!

Posted by: Gi_0rgos1186 | November 23, 2011 12:45 PM


This is sick and sad! These are HARMLESS creatures that are just curious and are nice and loving smartess mammals on earth!!! Why the hell dont they kill sharks or something else why Dolphins and whales? That aint no fucking tradition bullshit!!!!

Posted by: Tabitha Williams | November 19, 2011 08:23 PM


I really don't known what's wrong or right? In real, we all feel that this celebration is so cruel, even I have feeling that our human return the period of wild. I don't care this was happened at this island of Denmark or anywhere in this planet, we just see and known what we should do with this tradition or any celebration which make the killing animal to symbol for.
It's for meat or fun? It's a tradition or an industrial? Let's watch in this picture. should we kill so many animal like this to show the power of human?
I can't understand, I feel shame, paining with our action. we are destroying and damaging for the creatures which sharing this planet. It's so shame.

Posted by: Hien | November 10, 2011 08:30 AM


Savages! WTF? Cows, pigs and chickens are bred. Meaning they are allowed to multiply first before being slaughtered. These whales aren't. Barbaric primitives! Go back to your caves!

Posted by: Dude | November 9, 2011 02:51 AM


Okay, seriously, the whales don't die in pain or anything!
They are cut in the spinal cord, meaning that they die in seconds, if not right away. And then there are some of you who have seen that a whale is struggling because it is cut... Well, if you cut off the head of a chicken, it will run at least 15 meters, before it just falls over.
And you people should be ashamed of yourselves! You have no respect for a culture, which gives people food for months! And we only hunt one kind of whale, and that is pilot whale (can't completely remember if it was the long-finned or the short-finned).
And when you say, "there's so much blood!", well, what did you expect?! Of course there will be a lot of blood! If you cut yourself, there will be blood!
And how come that most of you people are more concerned about whales, than the cows and pigs, etc. in a slaughterhouse?! There are several videos of what is really going on inside a slaughterhouse!
The animals are kept inside a cage for the rest of their lives, whereas they die a painful death, but the whales are free their entire life, and when we kill them, they die painlessly!
So in your logic, an animal which is cute and friendly apparently has more right to live, than an which is less cute and friendly! Shame on you!

Posted by: JJ | July 9, 2011 05:58 PM


get a grip. its a whale. who are you to tamper with an annual country tradition. next you'll be outraging about the annual malaysian microwave the hamster contest..

Posted by: jeff van dam | March 3, 2011 12:53 AM


I couldnt beleive my eyes when this morning I received these photos by email. I thought this kind of cruelty does not happen anymore especially in these peaceful and magnificent islands in Europe. I was very impressed when I saw these youngsters acting like barbarians. Yes I understand that whaling and other uncontrollable slaughter is not acceptable but for Godsake this is rediculous. What do you call this? When I was reading comments of participators unfortunately I started laughing as this is not the way to kill animals and then after you eat them. Where is hygene and all EU standards. This is a fac t that these people are barbarians or hooligans that they go there so that they kill and masacre these beautiful creatures. I thought that the Feroe Islands People have a high standard of education in their schools for this kind of awareness. Guys, I think its time to open your minds and stop doing this act of terror!!!!!

Posted by: Mario Azzopardi | October 15, 2010 10:20 AM


Shameful denmark

Posted by: Mario Azzopardi | October 15, 2010 09:45 AM


Where is Greenpeace? They seem to be choosing their battles carefully. One wonders about their criteria. The blog's true enough. You can check the info on wiki. Amazing that this can be happening today.............

Posted by: shane | August 13, 2010 09:10 AM


No matter what idiotic reason lies behind the decision of the people to kill these defenseless lovely creatures. No matter how many individuals do or donot still survive, no matter what happens to other animals in the world, which are evenly cruel and unneccessary. This gives no reason to anybody to create such an enormous slaughter, in such an inhumane way, to these harmless dolphins. There can be no way whatsoever that this is justified. It is unbelievable for me that this is happening, in the civilized world, whether it would be Denmark, Norway, any island, it doesn't matter. Any sane person, with any emotion, cannot approve of this happening. They must be out of their minds, and even more idiots and middle-aged minded to think they can convince others that this is justifiable. Un-be-lie-va-ble.
What happens with this blog, Mr. Grillo? Is this presented to any official institute that has power to stop these practices?

Posted by: anne kuntze | June 1, 2010 10:11 PM


so instead of waxing eloquent on soap boxes - why not GO THERE AND STOP IT - in a group and show these IDIOTS that they have NO RIGHT. find out the date and lets all turn up!!

Posted by: Trish Kent | May 18, 2010 11:41 PM


If humans can do this animals they can do this too to other humans.

"the animal is treated like a productive object and not like a sensitive being.
Whydon’t we have a campaign about that?" - Gianni

We have. That's why vegetarians exist.

Posted by: Jasmine Villamor | April 5, 2010 02:53 PM


At least chickens, pigs and cows and any other poultry animals are not nearing their extinction :( Their production rates are way faster than the dolphins. But the whales are almost extinct! You are not considerate enough with those animals. It's okay to kill, (since it's stated above that it started way back in the Middle Age) but killing them in a faster rate than the rate of their production is I think, selfish. Yeah. I think, it's selfish that the guys have to follow the damn tradition. :((

Seriously, this is a damn tradition, (this is my opinion.) You can prove one's adultness in different ways.

And the dolphins just want to approach you, they just want to be friendly, this is damn cruelty.

Why not try switching places with the dolphins?


No words can describe how cruel and selfish you are. Sure, I'm being biased because I never knew that damn tradition. But then, you never knew or rather YOU NEVER SHOWED LOVE TO THOSE ANIMALS. So I bet you'll never understand the feelings we, who are against it, we have towards this kind of tradition. You first sticked with your tradition, closed your doors in appreciating and loving the dolphins.

Again, this is my opinion.

Posted by: Kairna Vi Brittania | April 4, 2010 03:43 PM


Its hard to believe that the people in faroe island of denmark is countinous doing like that but as far as I concern it is a abomination to the eyes of the creator who made that species or animals!the whales are friendly there not harmful!

Posted by: robick fernadez | April 3, 2010 10:26 PM


Its hard to believe that the people in faroe island of denmark is countinous doing like that but as far as I concern it is a abomination to the eyes of the creator who made that species or animals!the whales are friendly there not harmful!

Posted by: robick fernadez | April 3, 2010 10:26 PM


Its hard to believe that the people in faroe island of denmark is countinous doing like that but as far as I concern it is a abomination to the eyes of the creator who made that species or animals!

Posted by: robick fernadez | April 3, 2010 10:23 PM


I highly encourage people to READ Gianni del Buon's comment (November 20th, 2008) before they post anything ridiculously ignorant and stupid about this custom. We must learn to respect what we do not and cannot understand.

Yanna M. Muriel

Posted by: Yanna Muriel | March 16, 2010 01:18 AM


whether you eat these creatures after their deaths or not is irrelevant you kill them in a most barbaric and cruel way!! Yes we all eat meat BUT there is a matter of respect for how an animal is killed It should have a quick painless fearless death. I am sickened by your ability to stand in such blood filled water and happily slaughter these whales.

Posted by: jan pedley | March 3, 2010 11:38 AM


i'm from islander and if you can't accept we eating the wales. ok you eat pigs and everything like that don't you think they're sufforing

and im only 14 so im a bit bad at eanglish

Posted by: Magnus Pauli Hammer | February 21, 2010 05:39 PM


Posted by: Andreas | May 19, 2009 10:29 PM

I’ve been extremely glum since I saw those terrifying pictures. I’m wondering if no animal-related groups ( like Sea Shepherd ) launch any campaign to protest against those barbaric Faroese’s atrocity ? Don’t use ” tradition ” as an excuse , otherwise , the cannibal practice shouldn’t have been forbidden cuz that used to be a ” tradition ” in some uncivilized tribes. This is the 21th century , a century of highly spiritual realization and awareness . Any form of distress or terror that humans afflict on the other species should be abandoned

-Americans are letting Indians hunt deer and Elk almost year round, they are also letting them hunt grey whales. Why is nothing done about this ?


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This blog is very true and makes sence. What do you guys think you are buying at the supermarket. A chicken that has lived an intire life in a 1 foot square cage, or a cow that hasn't even been in a field. And that's okay ?

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Posted by: T_Ravnurin | November 24, 2008 10:51 PM


I appreciate and follow with interest Beppe Grillo’s blog but in this case I think this campaign is unfair and uncorrect.

First I find hypocritical to get shocked by the killings, in the nature, of the pilot whales when, our meat, like chickens and pigs, come from animals bred in conditions, which are absolutely unnatural and very distressing for the animals.
The production of meat has become similar to factory mass-production and the animal is treated like a productive object and not like a sensitive being.
Whydon’t we have a campaign about that?

The hunt of the pilot whales in the Faeroes Islands dates back at least to the Middle Ages and for the small people of the Faeroes has always been a source of staple food and of D vitamins, where the sunshine is scarce.
Moreover, like the seal for the Inuit of Greenland, every part of the animal has been used, not only the meat but also the fat and the skin.

In the Faroes Island the consumption of pilot whale’s meat represent one fourth of the total meat consumption.
We have also to take into consideration that in the arctic regions agriculture is practically inexistent and imported food is very expensive, survival has always come from the sea.

The tradition of the Grindadráp (how it is called) consist in driving a number of pilot whales in a bay – not from the open sea but from the local area – killing them rapidly with a special knife, and than the meat is shared among all the people in the community.
It has not a commercial goal and the meat of the pilot whale is not commercialized.

Understandably the photos of the red-coloured sea can be disturbing, but we should not forget that any mammal which is killed spills blood, wherever it is in a wood, in the countryside or in a modern big slaughter-house.
But of course when meat comes in clean and sterile package in the supermarket we don’t see the blood and don’t think about how it came there.

I also want point out that the Faeroes Islands, even if formally part of Denmark, have a large autonomy status and, from the 70’ies, have their own government, they are not part of the European Union and this tradition has nothing to do with Denmark, where the meat of the Pilot whale is not known.

Some critic of the Grindadráp has said that with the economical progress and the modern welfare, these hunts could be reduced, as they are not anymore completely necessary for the survival of he inhabitants.

The hunt of the pilot whales is however regulated by the local government, when the authorities find that the hunt has been sufficient to cover the needs of the inhabitants, it is simply forbidden for some time.

Moreover the government of the Faeroes in 1985 has banned the use of hunting tools like harpoons or spikes, as they are considered more cruel, causing more sufferings to the animal, as they don’t kill rapidly.

Finally I must say that this tradition is not damaging the ecosystem, opposite the intensive fishing – including whale hunting – in the open seas, practiced by much bigger countries.
Actually the pollution of the seas and its inhabitants has also poisoned the pilot whales.
Inside their body are increasingly found dangerous chemical like mercury, and it is not unlikely that soon their meat could be declared unsuitable for human consumption.

So we could turn our attention the other way, against the powerful lobbies, in stead of the 50000 inhabitants of the Faroe, which eventually, like othe minorities in the world, are the victims of the destruction of nature and the colonisation of the seas.

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What I think it comes down to is. Look at where your from and what's going on there. Mind your own buisness and leave them alone.

Posted by: Knut Olsen | January 22, 2010 03:42 AM


Its insane..its hard to believe that people capable to do so...nations of Hitler !

Posted by: Julia B | January 16, 2010 06:57 PM


Our Islam is against this activities, so any activity that return on benefit on some people and affect the total environment is forbidden, this what we learn from our prophet Mohammad peace upon him.

Posted by: Basim Mithalony | January 10, 2010 09:42 AM


1. I am completely against this senseless massacre.
2. I am also against knee-jerk reactions that spread like wildfire through the Internet, without due care.
3. This original posting closely resembles an email I received recently, which was so riddled with grammatical and factual errors that I did some research to clarify things. Check out my blog, and you’ll see what I mean.
http://yardyyardyyardy.blogspot.com/2009/11/gotta-get-it-right.html
Don’t misunderstand me – I am very much against this outdated custom. But I warn those who attempt to change the mindset of the Faroese: it’s a total waste of time swearing, cursing, saying they should all be shot etc etc.
You need a considered approach, perhaps offering solutions, showing a mature understanding of their situation (not AGREEING with them at all – just being aware of their traditions and their thinking).
Generate a global groundswell with reason, clarity, purpose, calmness. Write to the Faroes Government, not the Danish one (it’s not the Danes’ issue, it’s the Faroes’ killings).
Aggression will only run off their backs and entrench their behaviour (they are after all descended from Vikings!!).
Good luck…read my blog and you’ll see what I mean.
PhilBee, NZ

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Posted by: PhilBee, NZ | December 23, 2009 12:23 PM


Monsters!!!
Insanes Killers!
Who is this kind of human been?
This is the example of developed nation?
There is the country that the DEVELOPED nation are dealing about earth preserveation?
YOU DENMARK's PEOPLE IS SO BAD KIND OF HUMAN BENN THAN THE TERRORIST !!!

Posted by: nacib asseff | December 6, 2009 12:58 AM


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
Mahatma Gandhi

become vegetarian and things like this will stop

Posted by: c lanters | November 22, 2009 01:09 PM


CRUEL & BARBARIC...STOP!

Posted by: Naia Cumming | November 18, 2009 06:57 PM


Some comments from people here claim the whales do not suffer when they are being "hunted". A video I watched saw a whale with a hook in its head swimming alongside a boat with a man cutting its neck. I do not exactly see how you can explain that as painless.

Posted by: Habib Masquileri | November 16, 2009 06:27 AM


Stop the insanity. Wake up!

Posted by: Aleya Dao | November 14, 2009 02:26 AM


Stop the insanity. Wake up!

Posted by: Aleya Dao | November 14, 2009 02:26 AM


Totally unacceptable in todays society.

Come on over here and test your manhood and strength on someone who can fight back.

Cowards the lot of them.

Scum.

Posted by: billy halliday | November 11, 2009 07:39 PM


It' a shame, I can't find better words than these ones...please stop it now!!

Posted by: Germana Sergi | November 10, 2009 11:24 PM


...S-H-A-M-E

Posted by: Germana Sergi | November 10, 2009 11:22 PM


...S-H-A-M-E

Posted by: Germana Sergi | November 10, 2009 11:21 PM


How can we call ourselves human when we practise such brutality! It does not matter whether it is done in country X or country Y. Its a practice that needs to be questioned by those who participate in it. Any amount of comments by the international community will hardly have any impact.

Posted by: Turab Lakdawala | November 10, 2009 06:59 AM


this tradition happens in Denmark (Faroe Island), so don't deny that and don't bring up other scandinavian countries to blame. Even in Sweden Foxes are protected!

Posted by: Nerek Qiraht | October 24, 2009 11:55 AM


The tsunami should have flushed away these islands

Posted by: Erik Noordzij | October 22, 2009 11:19 PM


Your article is full of wrong information.
The Faroe Islands have their own government which decides whether or not the whale hunting is legal, please see the opinion of the Danish government on the matter here and then remove Denmarks name from your site:
http://www.ambtelaviv.um.dk/en/servicemenu/News/ViewsOfTheDanishGovernmentOnWhalingInTheFaroeIslands.htm

So please stop spreading these lies about my country!!!

Posted by: Fred Buchholzer | September 14, 2009 02:30 AM


Wow and these people are part of the community of nations that condemn the seal hunt in Canada

Posted by: Frederick Peitzsche | July 28, 2009 05:28 PM


Wow and these people are part of the community of nations that condemn the seal hunt in Canada

Posted by: Frederick Peitzsche | July 28, 2009 05:28 PM


"Sustainable killing...." "Even Greenpeace has excepted our hunt as sustainable and human. " There is no such thing like HUMANE hunt. Would you like to be humane hunted and sustainably butchered? Well, I guess not. So does every living being on this earth. A dolphins, cows, dogs nervous system is quite the same as ours. The same way you feel fear, agony and pain, so do they. No matter how you'll try to justify it, tradition or food or whatever, murder is MURDER, period.-

Posted by: Molly Greger | June 27, 2009 11:57 PM


"Sustainable killing...." "Even Greenpeace has excepted our hunt as sustainable and human. " There is no such thing like HUMANE hunt. Would you like to be humane hunted and sustainably butchered? Well, I guess not. So does every living being on this earth. A dolphins, cows, dogs nervous system is quite the same as ours. The same way you feel fear, agony and pain, so do they. No matter how you'll try to justify it, tradition or food or whatever, murder is MURDER, period.-

Posted by: Molly | June 27, 2009 11:55 PM


This is insane, cruel, barbaric. Why doesnt the world realise when they come for its defence saying that "cows and sheeps are butchered too" that there is some thing called the "cycle of nature" but that doesnt include killing every species for some stupid, useless traditions. How can you justify the killing of a helpless animal as a symbol your adulthood and manhood. Where are the international animal rights activists and organizations, NGOs?
Why there is injustice in the world when they protest any thing happening in Africa or Asia, why dont they see these things STILL HAPPENING in Europe. Why no one protests against the killings of whales in Japan?

TO Posted by: Eivind Simonsen | January 15, 2009 10:31 PM
If the use of harpoon has been stopped and banned by the govt there then why do you still see it being used in the pictures?
AND TO SUPPORT Nathalie Kelderman | March 14, 2009 03:01 AM
She is absolutely right. A well explained ans to Mr Eivind Simonsen and to T_Ravnurin.
Thanks to comments Posted by:
Melinda | December 4, 2008 05:17 AM
Nathalie Kelderman | March 14, 2009 03:01 AM
PEACE!

Posted by: Fahad Ahmad | June 19, 2009 10:15 PM


SHAME ON YOU, DENMARK! YOUR INSENSITIVITIES ARE PRIMITIVE, INFINITE AND APPALING!!

Posted by: Zeynab Muzfar | May 30, 2009 11:53 PM


Denmark,s people should khnow Dolphin,s slaughter is as slaughter of their child

Posted by: Nader Habibzadeh | May 27, 2009 04:53 PM


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by: Marc | May 21, 2009 10:50 AM


This makes me physically sick to think that this is happening in the world. I thought that we were an harmonious planet but obviously not.

PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT STOPPING THIS SENSELESS ACT !!!!

Posted by: Julie Gulleford | May 20, 2009 03:43 AM


I strongly support the Faroe Islanders’ right to slaughter whales humanely and sustainably, for communal sustenance.

… as opposed to the right of urban-dwelling carnivores to sprout nonsense on blogs after feeding themselves with meat that was farmed unsustainably, cruelly, and for profit (and of course, out of their sight).

A personal recommendation to the reader: For the sake of your health and of the planet, eat little meat and fish, organically sourced only, or better yet, GO VEG!

Posted by: Andreas | May 19, 2009 10:29 PM


I’ve been extremely glum since I saw those terrifying pictures. I’m wondering if no animal-related groups ( like Sea Shepherd ) launch any campaign to protest against those barbaric Faroese’s atrocity ? Don’t use ” tradition ” as an excuse , otherwise , the cannibal practice shouldn’t have been forbidden cuz that used to be a ” tradition ” in some uncivilized tribes. This is the 21th century , a century of highly spiritual realization and awareness . Any form of distress or terror that humans afflict on the other species should be abandoned .

Posted by: Titian | April 25, 2009 04:29 PM


I’ve been extremely glum since I saw those terrifying pictures. I’m wondering if no animal-related groups ( like Sea Shepherd ) launch any campaign to protest against those barbaric Faroese’s atrocity ? Don’t use ” tradition ” as an excuse , otherwise , the cannibal practice shouldn’t have been forbidden cuz that used to be a ” tradition ” in some uncivilized tribes. This is the 21th century , a century of highly spiritual realization and awareness . Any form of distress or terror that humans afflict on the other species should be abandoned .

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Posted by: Sarah | March 18, 2009 03:40 PM


I think this whale slaughter is horrendous, regardless of the governmental, traditional or social facts surrounding it, and I would expect any decent human being to condemn this kind of behaviour.

I would like to comment on all the post here that try to defend the 'whale slaughter' in the Faroe Islands.

To Eivind Simonsen,

#14 Nobody said the Pilot Whale is an 'endangered' species, they are a 'PROTECTED' species. There is a diffrence!

#12 So the whales die within seconds do they? How many seconds would that be? 10, 60, 120? Have you any scientific research available with which to claim that this 'torture' I clearly see is humane and relatively painless for these animals?

#10 Whales obviously don't cry out like humans, but they do cry! Have you not looked into the communication of whales? Do you even know how complex their language is? Whales are known to communicate many things to one another...if you consult a marine biologist, you will learn that they can convey messages of distress. I suspect there will be a lot of that going in the bay during this traditional, annual event (if you can call it that!).

#5 Yes, I can see why you would need a big national holiday in July. Without it, you would not have the man-power to slaughter an entire school (family) of whales! It seems like just about everyone in the Faroes participates, in one way or another. The Viking era is over. Don't you think it would be more fitting to behave as a civilised being in today's day and age? We are no longer living in the stone or iron ages. Surely with time there should be a move toward a more harmonious and humane existance on planet earth. We now have the technology and resources NOT to have to participate in these kind of activites.

#11 Does it really matter exactly how many of these peaceful whales our herded into the bay for slaughter? Surely, even if it were only 5, it could still be considered cruel. The question one has to ask is: "Is this really necessary?".

To T_Ravnurin,

I see you are well educated and have certainly done your research. You have covered all the governmental facts, the socio-economic facts pertaining to the activitiy of whale slaughter in Faroes. You have even touched on a subject most of agree with you on: "That intensive farming of any animal is cruel". Amen to that. And why make a fuss of the slaughter of wild animals that live healthy, free lives, until they are slaughtered by humans? Surely they will have had better lives than domestically reared animals?

Yes, you are right, they will have lived better lives than domesticated farm stock, grown for the super-market shelves, BUT do you think this justifies what happens to these whales in Faroes? I don't.

How do two wrongs make a right? Please explain that to me?

You also said that there are no campaigns against the mass production of chickens, pigs, cows, etc. Well, you are very much wrong. There are a lot of campaigns against the cruelty of intensive farming. Try googling the subject!

What I am trying to say is: just because there are so many other 'wrong' things taking place on this planet, doesn't make it right for additional acts of cruelty and inhumanity to take place! The world would never become a better place if this logic was applied. Quite frankly, it's illogical!

We must, as a human race, strive to improve the planet, not only for ourselves, but for the millions of other living creatures we share it with. We are supposedly the most intelligent living being on earth...if you aks me, we are also the most heartless and cruel.

When will we learn that raping and plundering the planet of its beauty and health will eventually lead to our own demise? When will we strive to become better people? My guess is: When it's all too late!

These dolphins / whales (damnit, it really doesn't matter what creature, big or small) don't deserve to be treated in this manner. They deserve dignity, and the right to life as much as we do. There is nothing dignified in the manner they are killed. It's disgusting and torturous!

For once, I wish the tables were turned. I wish we were those whales, and the whales were us. I guarentee you, after that experience we would cease, with immediate effect, this gruesome act of mass killing!

I can hardly believe Denmark has a queen. I would expect a kind, loving, caring and powerful woman such as the queen to bring a stop to this; without causing any harm to the citisens of the Faroe Islands.

Posted by: Nathalie Kelderman | March 14, 2009 03:01 AM


Guess its about time someone points out all the lies in this article:

#1
"When the dolphin whales get close to Denmark’s Faroe Islands it is a day of celebration"

Not actually. You know... the pilot whales are always close to the Faroe Islands, but on some rare occasion they get too close for their own good and get killed.

#2
"Schools close"

Nope.

#3
"The people dress in traditional costume"

Have you ever seen the traditional costume of the faroese? Guess not. Here is a picture for you: http://www.gallup.fo/img/28juli04_6159.jpg
It makes a lousy costume for hunting...

#4
"The dolphin whales"

Thats a poor way of saying 'pilot whales' so I'll put it down as a lie.

#5
"It’s the great autumn festival for the islanders."

No. There isn't any great autumn festival in the Faroes. There is a big national holiday - Ólavssøka - on July 28. Since pilot whales mainly come close to the islands during july/august someone may have got the false interpretation, that Ólavssøka is commemorated because of the whales, but thats just stupid, because the festival is there because a Norse King died on that very day in 1035. There simply isn't any great festival in conjunction with the whale hunt.

#6
"into the bay which is not deep"

Guess that depends on your location in the bay. To be able to conduct a whale hunt, you need a bay with a sloping sand bank. Where the actual kill takes place the waters are of course not deep, but further out the water is much deeper. Its the Atlantic Ocean ffs!

#7
"Then they come close up with 2 kilo harpoons that are used many times on the flesh of the animal until it is immobilised"

Thats a blatant lie. The use of harpoons was outlawed in 1985 and there is a hefty penalty for using harpoons. Only in special circumstances are the allowed, but to get that point across is clearly not the intent of the author of this piece of crap.

Posted by: Eivind Simonsen | January 15, 2009 10:36 PM


Guess its about time someone points out all the lies in this article:

#1
"When the dolphin whales get close to Denmark’s Faroe Islands it is a day of celebration"

Not actually. You know... the pilot whales are always close to the Faroe Islands, but on some rare occasion they get too close for their own good and get killed.

#2
"Schools close"

Nope.

#3
"The people dress in traditional costume"

Have you ever seen the traditional costume of the faroese? Guess not. Here is a picture for you: http://www.gallup.fo/img/28juli04_6159.jpg
It makes a lousy costume for hunting...

#4
"The dolphin whales"

Thats a poor way of saying 'pilot whales' so I'll put it down as a lie.

#5
"It’s the great autumn festival for the islanders."

No. There isn't any great autumn festival in the Faroes. There is a big national holiday - Ólavssøka - on July 28. Since pilot whales mainly come close to the islands during july/august someone may have got the false interpretation, that Ólavssøka is commemorated because of the whales, but thats just stupid, because the festival is there because a Norse King died on that very day in 1035. There simply isn't any great festival in conjunction with the whale hunt.

#6
"into the bay which is not deep"

Guess that depends on your location in the bay. To be able to conduct a whale hunt, you need a bay with a sloping sand bank. Where the actual kill takes place the waters are of course not deep, but further out the water is much deeper. Its the Atlantic Ocean ffs!

#7
"Then they come close up with 2 kilo harpoons that are used many times on the flesh of the animal until it is immobilised"

Thats a blatant lie. The use of harpoons was outlawed in 1985 and there is a hefty penalty for using harpoons. Only in special circumstances are the allowed, but to get that point across is clearly not the intent of the author of this piece of crap.

#8
"The young Danes"

Dont blame the danes. Its the faroese population who are hunting whales. Not the young danes...

#9
"The young Danes applaud"

No they dont. And neither do the young faroese.

#10
"Whales cry out like humans when they are being butchered."

No the dont!

#11
"2,000 whales are dragged onto the shore"

Considering the fact, that only around 1500 whales are killed per year when there is alot of killing going on - which btw isnt every year - 2000 sounds like a slight exaggeration.

#12
"2,000 whales are dragged onto the shore ... so that they can be left to agonise"

They die within seconds.

#13
"Most of them rot and are thrown back into the sea."

Another blatant lie. Every single ounch of meat and blubber will go towards human consumption. Whale meat is seen as a luxary food so why throw it away?!?
The only thing that is thrown away is the meatless carcass of the whale, and thats only something they have started to do lately. In older times the people would also use the carcass.

#14
"The dolphin whale is a protected species"

I dont know about any 'dolphin whale' but the pilot whale - which is the subject of this piece of shit article - is not an endangered species. The IUCN Red List statement regarding pilot whales reads: "Lower Risk; conservation dependent".

#15
"and the number still in existence is not known. "

Obviously the exact number is not known, but estimates say, that there are way over 100000 individuals. The Faroe Islanders kill less than 1% of the total population of pilot whales each year.

Posted by: Eivind Simonsen | January 15, 2009 10:31 PM


I come from the Faroe Islands and I must say that many things that these informations are not guite true, and can´t be related to.

fx. I go to school here and as long as I can remember the schools have never closed because of pilotwhales killing.
It has always been tradition of ours to when pilotwhales come close to the shores some get into their boats and get the whales driven closer to the shore. But we do not put on unnessesary pain on the whales and we are carefull to not kill motherwhales. No person from the Faroe Islands would ever dream of letting any whale that he killed lie behind and rot or throw any whale back into the sea. Whalemeat is seen as luxury food inthe Faroes and we only kill to eat.
Yes the people aplaus when all is over but it is for the hard work so that they can get whalemeat and not because they see the whales suffer, whitch the wales don´t do.
At first when I and some friends of mine read this we thought that it was a joke reding it because how far it was from the truth, but obviousley it was not.

Posted by: Hervør | January 13, 2009 05:46 PM


This is gruesome and it should be ceased immediatley. I hate watching poor animals being slaughtered. Even if they say greenpeace allows it wouldn't it be a little more humaine? Really

Posted by: John applenis | December 31, 2008 10:23 AM


This is gruesome and it should be ceased immediatley. I hate watching poor animals being slaughtered. Even if they say greenpeace allows it wouldn't it be a little more humaine? Really

Posted by: John applenis | December 31, 2008 10:23 AM


This is gruesome and it should be ceased immediatley. I hate watching poor animals being slaughtered. Even if they say greenpeace allows it wouldn't it be a little more humaine? Really

Posted by: John applenis | December 31, 2008 10:23 AM


You're information is wrong.

Read what Gianni wrote earlier, he is right and I thank him for making such a great post to correct things!

Best regards
Hans Kristian
Faroe Islands!

Posted by: Hans Kristian | December 16, 2008 03:11 PM


It is about time this massacre ends.

Nobody should visit Denmark.

Of course, everybody should become vegatarian if so much suffering takes place.

Posted by: Odile Hamblett | December 13, 2008 09:17 PM


If they do it for "food not for fun," why does the audience applaude when a whale is being slaughtered in front of their very eyes? Why is it a holiday for the children in schools?

I have only heard of this now, and I swear, tonight, I will have nightmares. Humans are savages.

I'll vomit, now.

Posted by: Reg Reyes | December 12, 2008 12:27 PM


PS The address for the Office of HM The Queen of Denmark's Private Secretary is Kabinetssekretariatet@kongehuset.dk

Posted by: Melinda | December 4, 2008 05:17 AM


To those that say "it's always been done" or "we kill cattle too" I say SO WHAT??? Does a history of savagery or other killings somehow give permission for the continued pointless slaughter of these beautiful and helpless animals??? I for one will be writing to the Queen of Denmark to plead for it to be stopped.

Posted by: Melinda | December 4, 2008 05:07 AM


so how many times a year does this happen?? or is it once a year and what is it for, beacuse it said in the text that people do it to become men or is it for the meat??

Posted by: sacha alanna | December 3, 2008 07:51 PM


hi!
can anyone tell me when exaclty does this happen?

Posted by: luca desi | November 27, 2008 11:27 AM


how could we close our eyes while innocent creature is being slaughtred......there are some people in this world who would appericiate and enjoy this but kind hearted people would never ever support such mass killings on bloody shores of Faroe Islands, Denmark.

Hamid Ali

Posted by: Hamid Ali Zaidi | November 25, 2008 09:32 PM


Don´t belive this crap.. I am from the Faroe Islands, and 95% of what is written here is a rotten lie. Yes we kill some pilot whales, but they are not an indangered species, and they die within a few secunds. Even Greenpeace has excepted our hunt as susteineble and human. No meat ever goes to waste, and we do it for food not for fun..

Posted by: T_Ravnurin | November 24, 2008 10:51 PM


I appreciate and follow with interest Beppe Grillo’s blog but in this case I think this campaign is unfair and uncorrect.

First I find hypocritical to get shocked by the killings, in the nature, of the pilot whales when, our meat, like chickens and pigs, come from animals bred in conditions, which are absolutely unnatural and very distressing for the animals.
The production of meat has become similar to factory mass-production and the animal is treated like a productive object and not like a sensitive being.
Whydon’t we have a campaign about that?

The hunt of the pilot whales in the Faeroes Islands dates back at least to the Middle Ages and for the small people of the Faeroes has always been a source of staple food and of D vitamins, where the sunshine is scarce.
Moreover, like the seal for the Inuit of Greenland, every part of the animal has been used, not only the meat but also the fat and the skin.

In the Faroes Island the consumption of pilot whale’s meat represent one fourth of the total meat consumption.
We have also to take into consideration that in the arctic regions agriculture is practically inexistent and imported food is very expensive, survival has always come from the sea.

The tradition of the Grindadráp (how it is called) consist in driving a number of pilot whales in a bay – not from the open sea but from the local area – killing them rapidly with a special knife, and than the meat is shared among all the people in the community.
It has not a commercial goal and the meat of the pilot whale is not commercialized.

Understandably the photos of the red-coloured sea can be disturbing, but we should not forget that any mammal which is killed spills blood, wherever it is in a wood, in the countryside or in a modern big slaughter-house.
But of course when meat comes in clean and sterile package in the supermarket we don’t see the blood and don’t think about how it came there.

I also want point out that the Faeroes Islands, even if formally part of Denmark, have a large autonomy status and, from the 70’ies, have their own government, they are not part of the European Union and this tradition has nothing to do with Denmark, where the meat of the Pilot whale is not known.

Some critic of the Grindadráp has said that with the economical progress and the modern welfare, these hunts could be reduced, as they are not anymore completely necessary for the survival of he inhabitants.

The hunt of the pilot whales is however regulated by the local government, when the authorities find that the hunt has been sufficient to cover the needs of the inhabitants, it is simply forbidden for some time.

Moreover the government of the Faeroes in 1985 has banned the use of hunting tools like harpoons or spikes, as they are considered more cruel, causing more sufferings to the animal, as they don’t kill rapidly.

Finally I must say that this tradition is not damaging the ecosystem, opposite the intensive fishing – including whale hunting – in the open seas, practiced by much bigger countries.
Actually the pollution of the seas and its inhabitants has also poisoned the pilot whales.
Inside their body are increasingly found dangerous chemical like mercury, and it is not unlikely that soon their meat could be declared unsuitable for human consumption.

So we could turn our attention the other way, against the powerful lobbies, in stead of the 50000 inhabitants of the Faroe, which eventually, like othe minorities in the world, are the victims of the destruction of nature and the colonisation of the seas.

Further information can be found in Wikipedia : in English (Whaling in the Faroe Islands), in Italian (Grindadráp) and other languages.

The discussion is also going on (in Italian) the blog of the Danish-Italian network ‘Serate Italiane ‘ at:

http://www.serate-italiane.dk/blog.php?view=one&post_id=276&lingua=it

cordially
gianni – Copenhagen. Denmark


Posted by: gianni del buon | November 20, 2008 10:48 PM


I am not aware that there is such gruesome tradition being practiced today. I am disappointed that we show such inhumane acts of violence against these beloved creatures. We have to protect lives no matter what species it would be. The manner this was executed is inexcusable. This is already an abuse of what humans can do to our animals. I know we are on top of the food chain but I don't see the purpose here. This has to be stopped at all means. This is no longer appropriate.

Posted by: tony santos | November 20, 2008 04:21 PM


This is terrible; so sad to see these animals become the victims of 'culture'.

Posted by: Christina Elisabeth | November 20, 2008 09:29 AM


Hi Alex Carroccio,
I am a Danish citizen and can tell you that this slaughter is indeed taking place in the the Danish Commonwealth, even though the Faroe Islands does have home rule and separate legislation. I certainly support sending protest messages to the queen.

By the way mario, The danes aren't that "civile" anymore, they have two times over elected one of the most racist and xenophobic governments in Europe.

Posted by: N Williams | November 19, 2008 10:03 PM


This is in Norway not in Denmark!!!!
You are pointing at the wrong people!!!

Posted by: Alex Carroccio | November 19, 2008 02:49 PM


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