As Whaling Begins in the Faroe Islands, Activists Take a New Approach to Stop It

Activists believe as many as 50 pilot whales have been slaughtered so far in the Faroe Islands this year.

During the hunts that take place in the Faroe Islands every year – otherwise known as grindadráp or ‘the grind’ – whales and other cetaceans are driven into a bay by boats where they’re brutally slaughtered.

Despite international condemnation that has continued to grow as more people learn about what’s happening there, some locals and officials have continued to defend the practice.

Over the years – despite arrests, seizures of ships and other trouble – Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has continually used its presence to directly interfere to prevent the loss of life and also to document what’s happening. A new law, however, has prevented the organization’s crews from entering the areas.

In response, the organization is taking a new approach this year for its 2016 Pilot Whale Defense Campaign, Operation Bloody Fjords, that will be using political, legal and economic tactics targeted at both the Faroese and Danish institutions. These institutions have not only allowed these hunts to continue, but have condoned them.

“It is exactly these kinds of atrocities that authorities in Denmark and the Faroe Islands are attempting to cover-up, by refusing Sea Shepherd crews entry to the archipelago,” said Sea Shepherd Operation Bloody Fjords Campaign Leader, Geert Vons. “And this is exactly the reason why we continue to push the increasing global momentum to end this bloody and brutal practice.”

This week, with the support of a dozen celebrities, Sea Shepherd started by calling on Costco to stop buying and selling salmon that is from the Faroe Islands until the hunts stop. A letter sent to the company’s CEO details the chilling methods used to kill whales, dangers of consuming toxic whale meat, and urges him to show compassion and use Costco’s power as a major retailer to send a message that these hunts need to end.

“We must make it known that the blood of intelligent and social whales and dolphins stains every package of salmon from the Faroes. This archaic massacre of cetaceans, defended by the EU-member nation of Denmark, must be sunk economically. I encourage all concerned consumers to do their part by boycotting salmon from the Faroe Islands at Costco and wherever it is sold,” said Captain Paul Watson.

Hopefully Sea Shepherd’s campaign this year will deliver a huge blow and send a message that the world is no longer willing to tolerate whaling, or cruelty in the name of tradition.

For more info on how to help, check out Sea Shepherd.


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Adena Z
Adena Z1 years ago

Sad. May a huge sea serpent swallow the Faroe Islands and spew you out into the depths of hell! ^..^

John B
John B2 years ago

Thanks Alicia for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

Support Sea Shepherd and boycott Costco.

Mark Donner
Mark Donner2 years ago

Faroe Islands are very barbaric vicious people. If you visit their islands you can see firsthand the kind of criminal society they actually are. A nightmare place.

Marija Mohoric
Marija Mohoric2 years ago


Marija Mohoric
Marija Mohoric2 years ago

Save the whales, please.

Trish K.
Trish K2 years ago

Good Plan - Asking those with Power and Clout to act consciously on behalf of Saving the Planet. Engaging Corporations to receive world wide kudos instead of being part of the problem would be a win - win.

Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago


Arlene C.
Arlene C2 years ago

Merci Alicia