atlantic white sided dolphins killed in faroes

The Faroe Islands are a habitat of Denmark and they receive subsidies from the EU. Every year on these remote islands, thousands of dolphins are hunted and killed for their meat.

In the 2013 killing season, 1,533 dolphins were murdered, including 1,103 pilot whales and 430 dolphins. The Faroese hunt Pilot Whales and other species of dolphins including Bottlenose, Risso’s, Atlantic White-Sided dolphins and Orcas in drive hunts known as ‘Grinds’ or ‘Grindadr├íps’. In 2014 the number of dolphins killed was dramatically reduced to 53, due to the presence of Sea Shepherd volunteers patrolling the islands. The Royal Danish Navy arrested 14 volunteers for trying to intervene in a Grind and save the lives of the dolphins.

These sentient, intelligent beings are being stolen from the sea and whole families are being massacred right in front of each other and dying slow, painful and terrifying deaths. The techniques used by the Faroese are incredibly stressful and cruel. Entire close-knit family groups are rounded up out at sea by small motor boats and driven to the shore. Once they are stranded in shallow water, metal hooks are inserted into their blowholes and are used to drag the dolphins up the beach, where they are then killed with a knife cutting their major blood vessels.

Dolphins are highly intelligent and family-orientated, so to see their family members killed in this way and know that they are next is cruel beyond comprehension. Their bodies are heavily contaminated with deadly toxins and the islanders are warned to only consume a small amount of dolphin meat once per month; pregnant women and children are advised not to consume it at all.

The Faroe Islands enjoy one of the highest standards of living on the planet and they do not need to eat the bodies of dolphins and whales any longer. The people of the Faroes have all of the benefits of globalisation and yet they continue to carry out this horrific slaughter and all in the name of tradition. There can be no justification for any culture in the world to retain practices that inflict suffering and death. Tradition is a word that is often used to try to justify the desire to continue with unacceptable practices, however thankfully many brutal traditions around the world have now been banned.

Killing whales is illegal under the laws of the European Union and all cetaceans are legally protected throughout Europe under the Habitats Directive, yet Denmark openly support the drive hunts with their Special Forces and Navy, and they ensure the Grinds can take place. The whalers enjoy the killing, for them it is an enjoyable event and whole families attend cheering as the dolphins are brutally murdered. Compassionate people who have tried to stop the slaughter have been wrongfully arrested.

It is time to consign these horrific drive hunts to the history books once and for all.