Every summer, citizens of the idyllic Faeroe Islands, a protectorate of Denmark in the North Atlantic, slaughter upwards of 1,000 long-finned pilot whales and many dolphins.
“The grind” as it’s called, is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in Europe. It’s happening now. Graphic pictures on the Internet document the practice.
When the people living in the Faeroe Islands see these whales, they herd them towards land. They drag whales that don’t beach ashore using hooks in their blow holes. Then they saw through their spinal cords. They literally laugh and dance in the bloody waters. Children participate by mutilating the corpses.
Faeroe Islanders regard “the grind” as their cultural heritage. The islanders are affluent. They don’t need whale meat for subsistence. The Danish navy, police and court system make “the grind” possible by physically assaulting, arresting, jailing, fining and deporting nonviolent protesters — even though Denmark is a member of the European Union, which rejects whaling.
Tourism dollars are critical to the Faeroes. Two German cruise lines, Hapag-Lloyd and AIDA, have stopped going to the Faroes because of the slaughter.
To oppose “the grind” email letters to the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.