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Bloody Saturday in the Faroe Islands

on September 5, 2014

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The Faroe Island whalers finally got their grind last weekend, and 33 pilot whales were killed on Sandoy. 14 Sea Shepherd volunteers were arrested for trying to stop this from happening – both from land and from the sea. Three of the Sea Shepherd fast boats were also seized. I have no words to express my respect for the courage shown by the volunteers who went into the water and tried to get between the whales and the whalers. After their arrest they were handcuffed on the beach, and forced to watch helplessly as the slaughter continued. They were then marched past the bodies of the murdered whales and flown by helicopter – over water, with their hands bound behind their backs – to Torshavn, where they spent the night in jail. They have now been released, but the fast boats are still being held – presumably to weaken Sea Shepherd’s ability to respond to any further grinds. The Danish military provided support for the Faroese police, which is worrying, as Denmark is an EU country, and therefore is subject to laws banning the slaughter of cetaceans.

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The images below are shocking – but so is what goes on in the Faroe Islands. And this has to stop. Sea Shepherd Global has put out a call to action, asking people to contact the Danish Embassy in their country to protest about the Danish government’s support for the grind, asking for the charges against the volunteers to be dropped and for the boats to be returned to Sea Shepherd. You can find out more about this here

Captain Paul Watson said:

“…Now that this slaughter has taken place, we can mention that over the last 85 days, Sea Shepherd boat crews have deflected three pods of whales away from the island before the killers could spot them. Unfortunately covering 18 islands is a difficult task, but I am proud of the fact that our volunteers saved those whales and made a valiant attempt to save these 33.

The positive side of this encounter is we now have evidence to implicate the Danish government and Sea Shepherd will take this evidence to the European Parliament to demand that action be taken against Denmark for collaboration with an illegal slaughter of whales. No European member of the EU may be involved with whaling, and although the Faroe Islands are not a member of the EU, they receive massive subsidies from the EU through Denmark. The Faroese may be exempt but Denmark is not and now we have the evidence that pilot whale blood in on the hands of Danish sailors and Danish Police. What is rotten in the Faroes is also very much rotten in Denmark.”

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