Slaughter of the Calderon Dolphins

Every year in the Faroe Islands in Denmark (a European Union country), approximately 950 of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins (long-finned pilot whales) are slaughtered.

The hunts, called "grindadráp" 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 then drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord.

Most Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history. Animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as being cruel and unnecessary, while the hunters claim in return that most journalists do not exhibit sufficient knowledge of the catch methods or its economic significance.

If this cruelty is true, whether they eat the meat and blubbers, killing a thousand of this gentle sea creatures in a single day is simply one of the most stupid moronic brutal act ever in the history of mankind.


Anonymous said...

These crazy people should be massacred along with the poor dolphins.

Philbee - said...

1. I am completely against this senseless massacre.
2. I am also against knee-jerk reactions that spread like wildfire through the Internet, without due care.
3. This original posting closely resembles an email I received recently, which was so riddled with grammatical and factual errors that I did some quick research to clarify things. Check out my blog, and you’ll see what I mean.
Don’t misunderstand me – I too am very much against this outdated custom. But I warn those who attempt to change the mindset of the Faroese: it’s a total waste of time swearing, cursing, saying they should all be shot etc etc.
You need a considered approach, perhaps offering solutions, showing a mature understanding of their situation (not AGREEING with them at all – just being aware of their traditions and their thinking).
Generate a global groundswell with reason, clarity, purpose, calmness. Write to the Faroes Government, not the Danish one (it’s not the Danes’ issue, it’s the Faroes’ killings).
Aggression will only run off their backs and entrench their behaviour (they are after all descended from Vikings!!).
Good luck…read my blog and you’ll see what I mean.
PhilBee, NZ

eli said...

Thank you for your Excellent thoughtful and considered commentary Philbee... My approach in forwarding the email was the same.

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