Sea Shepherd recently completed a scouting tour of the Faroe Islands. Four members of the Operation GrindStop 2014 team spent several days visiting the killing beaches and testing new tools and devices. We are getting ready for the presence of hundreds of onshore and at sea volunteers who will be standing guard at the beaches for over four months in order to sound the alarm, interfere, and document should a Grind be attempted there…..
The Grind is historic in the Faroe Islands, with records going back hundreds of years (although the use of motorboats, of course, is more recent). Grind supporters will argue that without the historic consumption of the whale meat, the people would not have survived and that the whales are believed to be a “gift” from God. The current reality, however, is that not a single person in the Faroes would go hungry, and certainly no one would starve, if no more whales were killed. In fact, the whale meat is highly toxic (from mercury and chemicals deposited into the oceans by humans) and it is common in the Faroes for children and women of childbearing age to avoid consumption of the meat. Also, further evidence is surfacing that strongly links consumption of the meat to Parkinson’s disease. The bottom line is that the Grind is totally unnecessary, unhealthy, barbaric, and should join commercial whaling in the exhibits of history museums. The Faroes have a culture rich in literature, architecture, dress, music, art, and dance. There is no need for the Faroese to cling to the slaughter….. for more info please see
BLUE WATER FREEDIVING TEAM are self funding our own trip to the Faroes Islands in July 2014, we are going to support our fellow colleagues with this particular campaign. We will be there to document, record and expose any brutality that may take place on these islands – we are looking to buy one and if possible two underwater cameras to help gain actual live footage – this is the first of many campaigns for conservation that we are planning to attend.
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