End the Faroe Islands’ killing of dolphins & whales

I’m sure you’ve heard of The Cove where thousands of dolphins are killed each year, but have you heard of the dolphin and whale slaughter in the Faroe Islands’? Every year, the people of the Faroe Islands’ (located between Great Britain and Iceland) kill hundreds of pilot whales and dolphins. They use their boats to round them up in a shallow area and then they go into the water and slit the animals’ spinal cords and major blood vessels. Animals Australia Unleashed has a petition up that you can quickly sign to help ban the slaughter. Please click the image or link above to go to the petition. Normally I’d use a photo of the event, but they’re all too gruesome to show on here. Thank you to Action For Our Planet for posting the petition on their Twitter.

(Original image clickable straight to source: Unleashed.org.au)

  • Misty :)

    Wow, I had NO idea this was going on to be honest with you! I didn’t even know about The Cove! This is really sad! It partly reminds me of Free Willy as well! When they got Willy in the shallow area and netted him in so he couldn’t leave and then took him and placed in the aquarium (?)! This is so depressing! I definitely signed the petition!!!! I hope they can end this soon!

  • http://www.notyouraverageordinary.com Brandi {not your average ordinary}

    Signed! I hate that awful things like this are still going on in our world. One day people will understand, I hope. Things need to change.

  • http://slewinca.livejournal.com/ Lauren

    I signed!
    I saw the picture on the petition page…omg, those poor dolphins/whales. U.U There’s no need for this to be still going on; I hope it is stopped soon.

  • Eva

    Thank you so much for signing!! I hope we hear good news about this coming to an end, soon!

  • Clice

    Many different species of whales and dolphins occur in the waters around the Faroe Islands. But dolphins are never killed. Of these, a number of small toothed whales, mainly pilot whales, are taken in the Faroe Islands for their meat and blubber. The characteristically Faroese form of whaling, known in Faroese as grind, was once common around the North Atlantic. Organised on the local community level and regulated by national legislation, the Faroese whale drive has over the years successfully adapted to modern standards of resource management and animal welfare.

    For the Faroe Islands – an island nation overwhelmingly dependent on what the sea can provide – the conservation and management of all living marine resources, including marine mammals is of vital importance.

    If you want more information then go here: http://whaling.fo/

  • Eva

    Clice – Hunting whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands’ may have seemed like a priority many years ago, but in 2011, it is far from necessary to kill any animal. I appreciate that you took the time to comment, but I would have liked to hear your personal reasoning for supporting this slaughter.

  • Clice

    I’m sorry for my slow reply, but I’m always up for a friendly talk, just been busy, thats all.

    I do eat meat, but I do care for the process, I don’t like to see any animal suffer.
    I have never taken part in this tradition.
    In the period from 1995 to 1998, data on times-to-death were collected from several whaling locations. With the use of the traditional whaling hook, the average total time-to-death taken in the 199 whales recorded was 65.4 seconds, with a range of 8.0 to 290 seconds, and with 50% of whales killed in 55.3 seconds. With the use of the blowhole hook, recorded with a total of 52 whales, the average time-to-death was 29.2 seconds, with a range of 6 to 211 seconds, and with 50% of whales killed in 20.0 seconds. Which is far from 3½ min which the petition said.
    I can give you my reason why I do not support killing these whales. That is that they are very unhealthy, since the mercury, PCBs, and environmental poisons concentrations are very high. The Faroese Chief medical officers Pál Weihe and Høgni Debes Joensen announced in late 2008 that pilot whale meat and blubber contains too much mercury, PCBs, and DDT derivatives to be safe for human consumption
    And this is the best argument if you want to win the mind of the faroese people.


  • Eva

    Clice – I appreciate that you took the time to return to Four Leaf Clover and write your personal opinions. From your previous comment, I understood that you supported the hunt. You are correct in saying that the mercury levels are indeed reason enough for people to stop eating these animals. You mentioned that it can take up to 290 seconds for the time-to-death which is just under five minutes, much longer than three and a half.