Faroe Island’s Grind Spring/Summer 2014 Takes 13 Dolphin Victims


By Kirsten Massebeau and Barbara Napoles

The Pithing Tool is Used to sever the spine behind the blowhole a cruel and inhumane practice

The Pithing Tool is used to sever the spine behind the blowhole a cruel and inhumane practice of slaughtering dolphins. An example can be seen in footage from Taiji hunters instructed by the Faroe Islanders in the slaughtering technique.

The suffering of highly intelligent beings has begun as the Faroe Grind Summer 2014 takes the lives of 13 long finned pilot whales, a large dolphin that migrates through the North Atlantic. The small family of whales was driven into the shores of Fuglafjørður a village on Eysturoy’s east coast in the Faroe Islands. Its name means “fjord of birds”. The village is at the edge of a bay and expands into the surrounding steep hillsDespite scientific findings that dolphins have large complex brains, languages, and cultures the terrible hunt continues.

The small pod of dolphins are only the beginning of grindadráps that will span the summer and into the early fall slaughtering 1000’s of the large dolphins many of whom are pregnant at this time of year as they migrate through the North Atlantic past the Faroe Islands. The species is IUCN Red Listed as Data deficient, the meat is toxic, and the killing method inhumane yet the slaughter of 1000’s continues. The world has spoken out against the grind with Disney Cruise Lines recently altering their summer dropping the Faroe Islands from their route:

“No information has been released as to the reasoning behind the schedule change, but it’s likely that passengers–many of which are traveling with children–would be disturbed to see the slaughter, which happens on the beaches and usually fills the harbor with red water. Animal rights advocates criticize hunts like these for being cruel and unnecessary, because the level of mercury in pilot whales makes them unfit for consumption”.

 

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TWEETSTORM #EndFaroeGrind Trends Globally!


By Kirsten Massebeau

The #EndFaroeGrind Tweetstorm has been declared a success! The new campaign to bring global awareness to the Faroe Islands small cetacean slaughter called the grind (grindadráp) trended at number two on Twitter, a serious accomplishment. Today major media outlets recognize the power of Twitter and dolphin activists are successfully using the power of the Tweetstorm. #EndFaroeGrind Tweetstorm brought Stormers from all corners of the earth to speak up for cetaceans. Activists came out creating a loud voice for the 1534 small whales, and dolphins, that have died violent deaths in the shallow bays of the Faroe Islands. The meat has been deemed toxic, the pilot whale population numbers are data deficient, and the slaughter method is inhumane yet the grind continues. Is this tradition or an adrenaline rush is one of the many issues tweeted.

The beauty of the Tweetstorm is Storm organizers can evaluate their reach. Spreading awareness worldwide is the goal that can be analyzed later in order that Stormers can continue to increase their audience educating the world about the Faroe grind and other dolphin drives.

Google Analytics Audience Overview

Google Analytics Audience Overview of #EndFaroeGrind Tweetstorm

The Global Awareness #EndFaroeGrind team would like to thank dolphin Stormers worldwide. Our first Tweetstorm has proved to be a success, the numbers don’t lie. Remember we are the voice of dolphins and whale everywhere. Without our voice there is no hope. Stormers stay tuned to I Love Dolphins, Save the Blood Dolphins, Champions for Cetaceans, and Ocean Protectors for the next event.