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Dolphin Killing in Denmark Faroe Islands

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Dolphin Killing in Denmark Faroe Islands

Dolphin killing in Denmark is a ritual requirement for teen passage to manhood, at least in the Faroe Islands. The whole town comes down to the shores, including children whom are kept out of school for the event so they can watch the ritual slaughter of the Calderon Dolphins. They all gather at the bloody shores and watch the bloodbath and listen to the cries of wounded and suffering dolphins like it was a festival of which the local residents proudly claim as their heritage and culture.

ritual on shores

Ritual oh shore

Before you go starting a vigil against Denmark, let me set the record straight first of all. The Faroe Islands is an island group and are located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The islands are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland since 1948 and are not a part of the European Union nor are its citizens members of the EU even if they are Danish citizens living in the Faroe Islands. They are not regulated by the International Whaling Commission for that matter either.

Dolphin Killing in Denmark

Being scarved up

dolphins carved up

The islands were first settled over a thousand years ago by the Norse, and claim that their ritual of dolphin killing has been a part of their heritage ever since. Problem with that theory is that years ago, many, many years ago in fact, their ancestors used spears and handmade unmotorized boats like canoes one would imagine. Today, however, they are using motor boats and herding them into a fiord where they eventually become trapped and helpless victims of the onslaught. The major complaint by many is that if they are so stuck in ritual traditions, then why not use the same strategy, weapons and boats that their ancestors did and give the animals half a fighting chance. Talk about shooting fish in a barrel!

Whole town in attendance

Whole town in attendance

Other opponents of this practice including animal rights activists contend that there are sufficient other sources of food on the islands and that this barbaric ritual hunt is obsolete, cruel, and completely unnecessary from a survival standpoint. One more important point to consider is that the chief medical officers of the Faroe island recommended that the dolphin and pilot whale meat not be considered fit for human consumption anymore in late 2008. They deem these meats unfit for humans due to the high levels of mercury and other toxins found in the meat and is deemed unhealthy if eaten regularly.

Even as they continue with the rituals now, more and more of the islanders are beginning to speak up about the negativity of the annual ritual killings. The whole idea of all the people, men, women, children and toddlers watching the horrific ritual of which has little sustenance value anymore is both immoral and barbaric.

the 'catch'

the ‘catch’

Another point to consider of why is this is still going on is that the Calderon Dolphin population, which are a regular victim of this ritual is on the decline. We can compare this ritual to that of another ritual of young males going on their first deer hunt which is typically a federally sanctioned season to keep the deer population in balance and healthy, and that a head or heart shot is much more humane that clubbing to death a struggling animal.

Some of the experts may go as far as claiming that the Calderon dolphins and pilot whales are not the only victims of an outdated and senseless tradition. For a society as a whole to indoctrinate their young men to participate in such activity in order to become a man or just to be accepted into the society of Faroe can be termed as is a insensitive level of human behavior in an otherwise somewhat civilized world, although we still have room for improvement around the globe.

Video of Faroe Islands ritual (Caution: Extreme violence and cruelty to animals, do not watch if you are underage or don’t like violence or bloodshed!):

the slaughter continues

the slaughter continues

the slaughter still continues

the slaughter still continues

The contemptible ritual of killing dolphins as a demonstration of macho male maturity is only surpassed by the outrageous animal slaughter conducted in the annual gruesome Canadian baby seal hunt, however the primary difference is that the Canadian seal clubbing is done by adult men and not teenagers, who are being taught and egged on by adults in the Faroe Islands as part of the Dolphin killing in Denmark. We could say grow up already, or modify your traditions, because seriously, beating a poor, defenseless dolphin to death after herding them up with motorboats isn’t even sport, much less manly, it is, however, wrong.

like shooting fish in a barrel

like shooting fish in a barrel

the blood bath

the blood bath

To sign the petition and join the cause to stop dolphin killing in Denmark follow this link Stop Dolphin Massacre or the cause for Japan’s dolphins here ‘The Cove’ Save Japans Dolphins

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  1. Ellen Bennard Stasko
    What stupid stupid stupid people!
    1. Terry Thomas
      Hello Ellen, and I agree, why is it in this day and age people can demonstrate such blind ignorant stupidity and destroy these beautiful – wonderfully intelligent evolutionary cousin to the human-race for no reason at all? It is criminal! So too is the Asian tradition of killing the Whale Pods, Rhino Herds and other species which are on the verge of extension just to feed mankind's tendencies toward vanity. Terry T
  2. Dennis Uy
    they don't have mercy on killing the dolphins…
  3. Anthony Montebon
    do you think that you are man enough after what you have done?
  4. Sbs Añasca
    those people don't deserve to live with that kind of attitude.. does the global animal association know these?
  5. Gia Janis Barreto
    I HOPE THESE DISGUSTING PEOPLE DIE A HORRIBLE AND SLOW DEATH WITH A LOT OF PAIN!:)
    CIVILIZED? MONKIES ARE MORE CIVILIZED THEN THESE COWARDS!
    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND ALL OF THOSE BOYS WILL HAVE A TERRIBLE DEATH TO;).
  6. Gia Janis Barreto
    I HOPE THESE"PEOPLE" DIE SCREAMING WITH PAINNNNNNNNNNNN!
  7. Laureen Mate
    you should attack sharks and not the poor dolphins..
  8. Amy Naffziger
    If I may say something, the people of the Faroe Islands like on basically rocks and grass. They need the ocean for food, and these pilot whales are part of their food. NOT a ritual for manhood. "Completely unnecessary for survival"? That would be wrong. There is very little food in Faroe, is rock island. The people only eat sheep and sea creatures. The reason the water looks so red is because blood has a tendency to run down in the ocean. And maybe why they are killing what looks like to be so many is to keep the population alive in the middle of the ocean. While I do agree that animal cruelty is wrong, maybe take a look inside a slaughterhouse before you start critizing an island's (that has their own government) means of getting food. And please, if you would, get your facts straight before commenting on something that is quite clearly misinterpreted.
    1. Amy Naffziger
      *live sorry, not "like" in that first sentence.
    2. Ragnar Finsson
      You are right in many things, we have as much food as any other country and do not need the whale meat for survival. It is a delicasy, although cheers on your insight!
  9. Shella May Gamit Bibera
    I cant accept this…their to bad to God's creation
  10. Tetyana Burr
    I would have no problem if a government got army or police over there and arest or shoot all those people down: eye for an eye… You kill the most intelligent animal on Earth, you deserve the same fate.
  11. Ibzdrop
    F*** your culture, those guys don’t deserve to live…
  12. Maddy Walker
    I wish those people were the ones getting killed . See how they'd like it.
  13. David Farrington
    Your an idiot! Dolphin and Whale hunting is banned all over the world.
  14. Monica Iancu
    If you know more from a different point of view than it is worth you explaining yourself, especially since your age may be relevant to the discussion. You are right that we should know all the facts.
    Your point of view does matter even if it is different and even if others disagree. Real education is critical thinking. Stepping outside your own point of view and weighing the facts not judgements.

    So likewise, a internet space like this should be a dialogue and you should consider the points of others. There are some important legal facts and conditions here in favor of this species that has nothing to do with traditions and social conventions. We are obligated to respect the traditions of others but what when they pose harm to others, animals, and our planet?

  15. Marilyn Martin-Calkins
    A sign of Maturity?! Really??? Dumb Asses!!!
  16. Mark Pawl
    Creul senseless they should be ashmed of themselves
  17. Julie DeMaio
    contend that there are sufficient other sources of food on the islands and that this barbaric ritual hunt is obsolete, cruel, and completely unnecessary from a survival standpoint. One more important point to consider is that the chief medical officers of the Faroe island recommended that the dolphin and pilot whale meat not be considered fit for human consumption anymore in late 2008. They deem these meats unfit for humans due to the high levels of mercury and other toxins found in the meat and is deemed unhealthy if eaten regularly

    Read more: http://greenplanetethics.com/wordpress/dolphin-killing-in-denmark-faroe-islands/#ixzz2rRQ3aw4Y

  18. Stacy L. Shelton
    Yeah, I hate this. The Sea Shepherds have protested this horrific practice.
  19. JD
    To slaughter that many? No I dont think so, the ocean offers fish and crustations to eat, those little boys (as I will call them) need to get up and work for their food. This was senseless, and horrific I wish and pray and hope, whoever watched or participated gets a pox or dies in the same manner. Stop with the “gets your facts straight” most everyone who replys HAS done their homework. I wish nothing but the worst for you and them.
  20. JD
    contend that there are sufficient other sources of food on the islands and that this barbaric ritual hunt is obsolete, cruel, and completely unnecessary from a survival standpoint. One more important point to consider is that the chief medical officers of the Faroe island recommended that the dolphin and pilot whale meat not be considered fit for human consumption anymore in late 2008. They deem these meats unfit for humans due to the high levels of mercury and other toxins found in the meat and is deemed unhealthy if eaten regularly

    Read more: http://greenplanetethics.com/wordpress/dolphin-killing-in-denmark-faroe-islands/#ixzz2rRQ3aw4Y

  21. Phil Drackley
  22. bryson
    Phil, how do you explain the pictures, photo shop… really? this deserves more investigation! Why would anyone waste their tome defaming a bunch of fools in the middle of the ocean?
  23. Aaselill Futrell
    How can it not be true when it is videoed!!!!???? Explain what is happening in front of my eyes then!
  24. Aaselill Futrell
    With all that sea around them out there on Færøyene (Norwegian), it surely must be something else to live on than dolphins!!! I live in USA, but I grew up in Norway, and most what we lived on when I grew up there was fish and lamb and pork meat, and what we lived of off the sea did surely not include playful dolphins! And do you know what?? We survived!! Leave those beautiful, smart creatures alone! Also, I know very well, they have sheep, they have pork they have chickens, they have all they need for the people that live on the islands (and that is not to great a number og people anyway…). And if the excuse is that the dolphins have to be killed because they came to close to land, then surely it must be a better "show of manhood" to help them finding their way out to the open sea, which they have a lot of around the islands. For crying out loud, you are all surrounded by it!!
  25. Aaselill Futrell
    And by the way, I think Færøyene is just as "up to date" as other civil places in the world, when I see they have both City Burger and Burger King with all their healthy fries, they have Italian and Asian food and of course Pizza places and all kind of restaurants. So please, again, stop telling me they cannot survive without their dolphin meat!!! Ridiculous, it is not Viking time anymore, it is 2014!!!!
  26. Shana Guyer
    Those are not dolphins. They are pilot whales.
  27. Jim Redman
    Phil Drackley – Do YOU believe everything you read? So the "rite of passage" schtick may be a judgement, not viewed as that by the Faroese. The event and horrific bloodshed are still the same. It IS a traditional type of hunt there, which they call the Grindadráp, only with motorboats today to drive them in. And the distinction between small whales and dolphins is an amorphous one:
    "Pilot whales are among the largest of the oceanic dolphins, exceeded in size only by the killer whale."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_whale

    Even the article you linked has a late note added admitting that they are a type of dolphin. But although mostly pilot whales, it isn't only ONE type of smaller cetacean, it's whatEVER type gets near enough to shore for the inhabitants to drive them in with boats. And the final kill is more typically cutting to the spine rather than clubbing, hence all the blood in the water. The annual kill is "about a thousand" when there is opportunity. The young man from Faroe states in your link that the kill is less than 0.1% of the population – hardly a denial that this is reality! But rather, an attempt to justify it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin_drive_hunting

    The current Faroes human population is somewhere near 50,000. If another species was killing "only" 50 people per year to eat them, would that make it okay?? I don't think so.
    Pilot whales are so much like the aquatic counterpart of humans the older females go through menopause.
    His statement that killing a cow in the water would stain it all red is probably overstated, but contains a valid point: Billions of animals are slaughtered every year so humans can chew their dead flesh because they are conditioned to perceive it as tasting good. I've seen and heard them. They are aware, they fear, they cry out, they FEEL. Cows, pigs, lambs, even chickens have feelings not so different from ours. Does it being a traditional part of the majority (NOT all) of diets of humans make it a wonderful idea to kill them because we love the taste of death?
    Throughout history there have been groups of people who lived as vegetarians (many Brahmins, some groups of Christians and certain Muslims too) and even vegans (Jains are the longest-running example I know) for generations. And they're still around. The Jains are thriving; they have a temple here in Tulsa Oklahoma, courtesy of a good number of East Indians in the area.
    And I'm still here too, after almost half a century as a veg and majority of that nondairy, healthier than most men my age, take zero medications and can outrun and outwork many younger than me.
    If you eat meat, you're hiring people to kill animals for your appetite, and their deaths are just as real as these.

  28. Susana
    Hi

    I think people in Spain are now finding out about this massacre. I’ve been reading about it and people have been signing against this since 2010.
    Now, in avaaz.org there are several places where to sign against. Please do it!
    I hope and wish this ends. Unfair, unjust cold-blooded killing which is depressing and so so sad.
    I cannot relate to these people. I cannot believe they ARE people.

  29. Cindy Mattera
    Oh Dear God!!! I cant even imagine the screams of these helpless whales and dolphins., these "men" torture them in front of a cheering crowd, filled with women and children. They feel pain just like we do. This is one of the sickest thing I have ever seen! What a horrible waste of such intelligent creatures, who are doing them no harm. All this blood and pain equals "fun" at a festival? This needs to stop!!!!
  30. Filmer Cuerquis Cagalawan
    Hope Faroe Islands with its people should be wiped-out in the map….Hope god punished them by a severe tsunami… They are worthless , evil worshiper people…!!! Shame on you Denmark and Faroe Island !!!! You are supposed to be a good example countries for protecting animal wildlife!!! (could be marine or land!!)
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