The Brutal Killings of Dolphins in Denmark

Since 1584, Faroe Islands in Denmark had been practicing Whaling. By definition, whaling is the hunting of whales mainly for meat and oil. Its earliest forms date to at least 3000 BC. Various coastal communities have long histories of sustenance whaling and harvesting beached whales. Industrial whaling emerged with organized fleets in the 17th century; competitive national whaling industries in the 18th and 19th centuries; and the introduction of factory ships along with the concept of whale harvesting in the first half of the 20th century.

In Denmark, it is regulated by Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission as there are disagreements about the Commission's competency for small cetaceans. Around 950 Long-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed annually, mainly during the summer. The hunts, called "grindadrĂ¡p" in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord.

An important part of their culture and history, these were the reasons as most Faroese consider the hunt. While the hunters claim in return that most journalists do not exhibit sufficient knowledge of the catch methods or its economic significance, animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as being cruel and unnecessary. 

The chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption because of the levels of toxins in the whales as of the end of November 2008.

Ask yourself this, what in the world is happening to us? This is indeed a very sad not just an event but rather a tragedy. Faroese is killing innocent dolphins because it`s not considered fit. It is not considered fit because those dolphins are not medically healthy anymore. They are not healthy anymore because they are full of toxins made by well, who’s to blame, of course us people who toxify the ocean. What kind of explanation is that? Who are we to decide that those dolphins are not healthy anymore? Who are we to decide that we should kill them all, in purpose. Who are we to decide that we should get rid of them, just for fun… People kill dolphins to participate in a right of passage from being a young boy to being a mature man? God have mercy on us!

Just to clarify this issue, please be informed that Danish people is not killing Dolphins or participating in this tradition whatsoever, but the the Faroese do. The Faroe Islands and Denmark are of different countries. Faroe Islands is not located in Denmark and is not governed by the Danish government. Though the Faroe Islands is, the same with Denmark and Greenland, a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark.

It is hard to believe that in this age, this bloody massacre annually takes place in a country that claims to be a civilized member of the European Union, on Faeroe Island. It is not publicized that this blood thirsty massacre is a rite of passage into adult life for participating young men. It is incredible that this act of barbarism against this species, a dolphin intelligence that is known to approach people with curiosity has not been made public. Please help spread the word. Do your share. This has to be stopped, before the nature itself takes its revenge.

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."  ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922


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