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STOP The Faroe Islands Mass Slaughter Of Dolphins And Pilot Whales.

Hundreds of pilot whales and dolphins are killed every summer in the Faroe Islands in drive hunts known as the "grind," which locals defend as a long-standing custom. 

The hunt usually draws harsh condemnation from across the world, but never more so than last week, when a particularly large capture resulted in the slaughter of 1,428 dolphins in one day, raising concerns on the island about a practice that environmentalists have long considered inhumane. 

Hundreds of dolphins lined up on the beach, some of them chopped up by what looked to be propellers, the sea crimson with blood, stunned some of the "grind's" most ardent fans and caused alarm in the archipelago's vital fishing sector. 

For the first time, the local administration of the autonomous Danish archipelago in the North Atlantic's depths announced it will re-evaluate laws regarding dolphin slaughter in particular, without contemplating an outright ban. 

"It was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. In the Faroe Islands, this is the largest capture "One of the hunter-fishermen present at the incident in the hamlet of Skala, Jens Mortan Rasmussen, said. 

A slaughterhouse in the open air While he is accustomed to criticism, he said that this time was "a bit different." 

"Fish exporters are receiving a slew of angry phone calls from their customers, and the salmon business has NOW mobilized to oppose dolphin slaughter. It's a first for me." 

The Faroe Islands, which have a population of 50,000 people, have traditionally hunted pilot whales in a technique known as "grindadrap," or "grind." 

Whales are initially surrounded by a broad semi-circle of fishing vessels, then driven into a bay, where they are beached and killed by fisherman. 

Normally, approximately 600 pilot whales are captured each year in this manner, with fewer dolphins. 

The flesh of pilot whales and dolphins is exclusively consumed by fisherman, but there is fear that word of the slaughter would harm the archipelago's image, which is heavily reliant on the sale of other species, notably salmon. 

The Faroese defend the hunt by claiming that their seas are teeming with whales, dolphins, and porpoises (over 100,000, or two per capita). 

According to Vincent Kelner, maker of a documentary on the "grind," they view it as an open-air butcher similar to the millions of animals slaughtered behind closed doors across the globe. 

For the Faroe Islanders, it has historical significance: without this sea meat, their people would have perished. 

'Overwhelmed' However, when fisherman targeted a particularly large school of dolphins on September 12, the size of the harvest in the vast fjord astounded them. 

The large quantity of beached animals delayed the killing, which "took a lot longer than a typical grind," according to Rasmussen. 

"It's extremely tough to send the dolphins out to sea when they reach the shore; they always return to the beach." The fisherman were "overwhelmed," according to Kelner. 

He said, "It hurts their dignity because it calls into doubt the professionalism they sought to establish." 

While defending the tradition as sustainable, the archipelago's prime minister, Bardur a Steig Nielsen, stated on Thursday that the government will reconsider "dolphin hunts and what role they should play in Faroese culture." Critics claim that the Faroese can no longer use the rationale of subsistence to justify the slaughter of whales and dolphins. 

"It's outrageous for such a hunt to take place in 2021 in a very wealthy European island community... with no need or use for such a vast quantity of contaminated meat," said Rob Read, chief operating officer of the marine conservation NGO Sea Shepherd, referring to high mercury levels in dolphin meat. 

The search, according to the NGO, allegedly violated numerous regulations. 

"The district's grind foreman was never notified, and as a result, the hunt was never authorized," it stated in a statement. 

It also alleges that many of the participants lacked a license, "which is needed in the Faroe Islands since it entails specialized training in how to swiftly kill pilot whales and dolphins," according to the report. 

"Photos indicate several of the dolphins were driven over by motorboats, basically chopped by propellers, resulting in a protracted and agonizing death," according to the report. 

According to Hallur av Rana, a Faroese journalist, although a vast majority of islanders support the "grind" in general, 53 percent reject dolphin slaughter. 

"There is no question that the Faroese whale hunts are a spectacular spectacle for those unfamiliar with whale hunts and killing," a government official told AFP. 

"However, the hunts are well-organized and thoroughly controlled," he added. 

The North Atlantic islands, which have a population of approximately 50,000 people, have traditionally hunted pilot whales rather than dolphins, according to the spokesperson. 

"There are typically a couple of them in the 'grind,' but we don't generally kill such a big number," said Hallur av Rana, a local television journalist. 

The "grindadrap" is a technique in which whale hunters surround them with a large semi-circle of fishing boats before driving them into a harbor to be beached and killed. 

"It seems to be very severe, and it took some time to kill them all, which is unusual," av Rana added. 

On social media, photos of the bleeding bodies of over 1,000 Atlantic white-sided dolphins on the beach aroused anger. 

Despite the fact that 53% of the population of the islands opposes the "grind," there are no plans to end the practice, according to av Rana. 

Authorities claim that it is a sustainable hunting method. 

Sea Shepherd, a group that fights against whale and dolphin killing, called it a "barbaric activity." Local estimates put the number of pilot whales in the seas surrounding the Faroe Islands at 100,000, with 600 killed last year. 

According to residents and activists familiar with the situation, this hunt was the biggest in recent Faroe Islands history. 

Previous hunts, known locally as "grinds" (short for grindadráp in Faroese), mostly targeted pilot whales (Globicephala spp.) in pods of a few hundred to several thousand. 

Valentina Crast of Sea Shepherd, an organization that has been fighting the Faroese cetacean hunts since the 1980s, believes they are a remnant of the past and have no place in contemporary society. 

She said that this hunt was especially cruel since there were insufficient participants, and that as a consequence, most of the dolphins died inhumanely. 

In a Zoom interview with Mongabay, Crast said, 

"It was absolutely terrible." 

“We discovered that many of them were not properly murdered. So, despite being tossed upon the shore and presumed dead, they were still alive. They were thrashing each other. We mistakenly believe that since these creatures can't cry or show their agony, they aren't in pain.” 

The hunt was not permitted, according to local media sources. 

According to local news source, Heri Petersen, the foreman in charge of authorizing any hunts in Eysturoy, he was not informed about the hunt and therefore did not authorize it. 

“I'm furious about it, and I'm putting a lot of space between myself and it,” Petersen added. 

According to Crast, failing to get authorization from the proper supervisor is a breach of a local Faroese "grind law." Many residents have voiced their displeasure with the hunt, but not everyone feels comfortable speaking out in public. 

Bára Olsen (not her actual name), a local lady from the Faroe Islands who has just lately begun opposing the hunts for animal rights grounds, told Mongabay that the latest incident had startled her. 

In a phone conversation with Mongabay, Olsen said, "What occurred on Sunday was just terrible." “There is a lot of anger right now over the dolphin killing; I've never seen anything like it.” 

Another Faroese resident, Johan Andreasen (not his actual name), told Mongabay that although he does not oppose pilot whale hunting and has even participated in past hunts, he does not support the current dolphin hunt. 

In a phone conversation with Mongabay, he said, "Things's not how we do it." “It's never been our way of doing things. "

“At least 200 to 300 whales had beached themselves fully up onto the beach, and instead of going after those whales, the hunters were actually swimming out, catching the ones that were swimming around,” Andreasen said. 

“That takes up a lot of time. And when the whales lie down on the beach, the pressure from their bodies pressing against the sand would press on their lungs, which is equally cruel to leave them there for so long without immediately murdering them.” 

Prime Minister Bárur á Steig Nielsen responded by saying that the government would assess the recent hunt. 

Nielsen stated in a statement, "We take this issue very seriously." 

“Although these hunts are deemed sustainable, we will be paying careful attention to the dolphin hunts and how they should be integrated into Faroese culture. The government has decided to review the rules governing the capture of Atlantic white-sided dolphins.” 

The Faroese minister of fisheries, Jacob Vestergaard, had earlier said that he thought the hunt had been correctly handled. 

“As far as I know,” Vestergaard told the Faroese news station Kringvarp Froya, “every single animal has been slaughtered in a responsible manner.” 

Fabienne McLellan, co-director of international relations at Swiss NGO OceanCare, said she respected and welcomed the news that the Faroese prime minister would be reviewing the recent hunt, but that “what it really means” is still unclear.

In an email to Mongabay, she said, "We are of the opinion that such evaluation should be expanded to the general practice of the grind, as well as an inquiry into the grind from September 12th should be part of this process." 

Sea Shepherd's Crast expressed her hope that increased worldwide attention to the problem would help put an end to these customary hunts. 

“This time, the Faroese community is enraged,” she said. 

“They're pushing it on their own, and there's a huge discussion [among] themselves about it. 

And I'm hoping it will be sufficient to compel politicians to act.”

Please Sign This Petition To Stop the Inhabitants of the Faroe Islands from Slaughtering Dolphins and Pilot Whales.

Every summer in the Faroe Islands, about 800 whales and dolphins die in a horrific and savage rite of mass murder. 

Once upon a time, it was customary to utilize and consume their flesh, but today, some people prefer to allow the meat to rot in the sun, just taking the lives of marine animals for some twisted pleasure justified by a cultural practice. 

This was the 11th "hunt" carried out in the Faroe Islands during what they term the 2018 hunting season, according to Sea Shepherd, an environmental organization working hard to stop the yearly slaughter. 

This has been going on since at least the late 16th century, but it has now degenerated into a horribly egotistical, cruel, and useless spectacle that is likely to enrage and inspire animal lovers all around the globe. 

The organization that recorded this tragedy claims that approximately 62,000 pilot whales and dolphins have died as a result of the Faroese hunt in the last 50 years. 

In the Faroe Islands, it is estimated that 1,691 dolphins and whales were killed in 24 grindadráp hunts in 2017. 

Laughing fisherman herd these gorgeous and clever animals into coastal inlets, where they are mercilessly murdered. 

Before the stranded animals' spines are severed, metal hooks are pushed into their blowholes. 

The creatures bleed to death slowly. 

Whole families are killed, and some whales and dolphins spend hours swimming in the blood of their loved ones. 

We urge Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II to utilize her enormous moral influence to put a stop to this terrible and brutal murder, even though the Faroe Islands are an independent territory of the Kingdom of Denmark.

~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan 

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Polar Bear S . O . S ~ A breakthrough for polar bears if we can mobilize today


Last Friday the Russian Federation sent a letter to the Obama Administration promising that Russia would support a resolution to ban the international polar bear fur trade if the U.S. government introduces it.

Now we must prevail on the Administration to seize this extraordinary opportunity -- and we must do it quickly. The deadline for our government to submit a resolution is this Thursday, October 4.

The White House needs to hear from you immediately.

             Please send a message urging President Obama to lead the way globally by proposing a ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

This ban could help end one of the biggest threats to polar bear populations. Despite the growing threats of climate change, toxic pollution and oil development that jeopardize the very existence of polar bears, hunters continue to kill hundreds of them every year -- and are allowed to sell their body parts legally in the international market.

That madness must end -- for the sake of polar bear survival. But time runs out this Thursday.

Urge President Obama to champion global polar bear protection right now -- so that Russia and other nations will follow.

Unless we are ALL still living like.... 
We should all be against fur.

       There is NO way someone can justify the brutal treatment and then murder of animals JUST FOR FASHION! it's absolutely appalling  when we have made so many synthetic fibers that require no abuse of animals and look EXACTLY the same! I cannot wrap my mind around why someone would ever wear the fur of an animal that was hunted down or treated so terribly and then killed, and actually support all of this!

        It is environmentally damaging, cruel, unsustainable and unnatural. Fur trappers  and hunters disrupt the ecosystems by trapping animals and create imbalances. Fur farmers raise the animals in such unclean conditions that feces and urine among other filth is dumped directly into the ground and water supply. Many species of animals have also gone extinct or become endangered due to the fur industry's practices. It's gross and insulting. Many people who wear fur are examples of people who are willing to spend thousands of dollars for all of the above to happen, just so they can show off their wealth.  Humans hunt down, kill and skin animals for fur.... for mere luxury. There is an end in sight to this madness. Choose an end before it's too late and you've slipped down enough to become unworthy of that choice.


      Polar bears are well and truly threatened.  Their lives are affected by any change in global climate.  Such a climate change may be caused by several factors including humans introducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  Polar bears require the large amounts of ice present in the Arctic for survival.  Although most polar bears live far from heavily populated human areas, pollution still has adverse effects.  Chemical pollutants travel by wind and precipitation, eventually reaching even the most remote arctic regions.  These pollutants will then carry through the food chain and accumulate within predators like polar bears, resulting in disease and eventually death.  Drilling, mining, fishing, hunting and the broad spectra of other human interactions also threaten the lives of polar bears.

Cruelty for Profits and 
the Vanity of Ugly Hearts

          People who kill animals and make coats out of their skins make money out of it, and people who wear the coats think they look glamorous. The fur trade tries to advertise fur as ‘natural’ to hide the horrific and unnatural way that the animals are imprisoned on fur farms, hunted or trapped in the wild, and then killed.

It's Time for a ban on the Commercial Trade in Polar Bear
Put an end to this sickening Cruelty

        Despite the growing threats of climate change, toxic pollution and oil development that jeopardize the very existence of polar bears, hunters continue to kill hundreds of them every year -- and are allowed to sell their body parts legally in the international market.

Call on President Obama to lead the way globally by proposing an urgently-needed ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Please add your signature to the petition available on the link below,

Letter of appeal,

"Dear President Obama:

The Russian Federation recently promised that it would support a resolution to ban the international polar bear fur trade if your administration introduces it. I fervently hope you will seize this opportunity for global polar bear protection.

With polar bears gravely threatened by climate change, we must take all possible measures to limit other deadly pressures on them, including the international trade in their body parts. Scientists estimate that rising temperatures will cause two-thirds of the world's polar bear populations to go extinct by 2050. Their populations cannot afford to be hunted simply to meet the international demand for polar bear rugs.

At the last meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) two years ago, your administration sponsored an urgently-needed proposal to ban the global trade in polar bear parts. That initial effort failed to get enough votes and since then, the situation for polar bears has only gotten worse. 

In advance of the next meeting of CITES in March 2013, please lead the way again. With Russia now willing to vote for a ban, we are in striking distance of success if you move the issue. Please do so now for the sake of polar bear survival. "

Thank you for answering the polar bear’s SOS. 


Jai Krishna Ponnappan


UPDATE as of 9th October 2012: 

A copy of the letter I received, 

" Dear Jai Krishna,


I have great news to share. 

The Obama Administration has just announced that it will support an upgrade in international protection for polar bears. 

If it passes, that increased protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will help end trophy hunting and stop the global trade in polar bear body parts.

This breakthrough would not have happened without your activism. In recent weeks more than 100,000 of you wrote to the White House, asking President Obama to stand up for polar bears. 

And you were heard! 

I’m asking you to send a message to President Obama right now and thank him for doing the right thing for the sake of polar bear survival. 

But please know that this fight is far from over. 

Between now and March 2013, when the CITES treaty talks take place, we will have to expand our campaign to make sure that other key nations line up with America’s pro-polar-bear position. 

So much is at stake: each year hundreds of polar bears are still being hunted as trophies, with their pelts and body parts traded globally. Canada, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bears and includes some of the world’s most important polar bear habitat, still allows both trophy hunting and commercial trade. 

If the polar bear is to survive, we must end these destructive practices by upgrading polar bear protection under CITES. 

Around the world, NRDC has played a leading role on this issue. Our team recently traveled to Geneva to advocate polar bear conservation with the CITES Standing Committee, and we partnered with allies in Norway and the European Union to build international momentum. 

Most importantly, our team helped secure the support of Russia -- a key player in polar bear conservation -- for the US proposal. 

Over the next few months I’ll be updating you as the CITES treaty talks approach -- and asking you to take more action to maximize our chances of success. 

In the meantime, please take a few minutes to savor this victory -- and please send your thanks to President Obama for leading the way internationally. 

Thank you again for helping to make this breakthrough possible. 


Frances Beinecke
President  "

Defend Wolves in Wyoming

                 The federal government—at any time—will abandon its protection of Wyoming wolves and allow them to be hunted relentlessly, according to published reports. Earthjustice is asking the Obama administration to prevent the slaughter, and will consider legal action if protections are removed.

                It is really sad, unfortunate and painful to see such a cruel, barbaric and inhumane act.. repeatedly threatening to happen in this day and age, right here across several places in America. This is shocking at a time when we are trying our best to teach children and young people about conservation, alternative green lifestyles and restoring ecological balance. If this is the way we treat a voiceless creature, what low standards of civility and sanity have we set for the rest of Humanity? We have learnt so little from the number of species that have been decimated by us in the past. This type of cruel and unfeeling attitude will come back and around to haunt those who are unwilling to evolve in their hearts and their heads. They ought to Respect, Love and Value Life if that is what they expect for themselves.....

      "Any decision to delist wolves must be based on science, not political whims. Until Wyoming has a management plan that will maintain a viable wolf population, Wyoming wolves should remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. Any plan that is not science-based will jeopardize wolf recovery in the entire Northern Rockies region.

     In fact, a dangerous loophole in Wyoming's proposal would make it legal to kill wolves in the state no matter how few remain.

     I support wolf restoration in the Northern Rockies. The federal government has spent 17 years and millions of dollars to return wolves to the West, but the Wyoming proposal combined with the delisting and hunting of wolves in Idaho and Montana threatens to undo the recovery that is under way. The US Fish and Wildlife Service originally opposed the Wyoming plan but then changed its mind; it was right the first time.

This devastating plan permits wolf hunting in important wildlife corridors and unregulated wolf killing throughout most of Wyoming.

Please help us keep this brutal proposal from ever seeing the light of day.
 Stand up for wolves today by opposing this deadly proposal.

           The federal government has spent 17 years and millions of dollars to restore wolves to the West. But Wyoming’s proposal now threatens the recovery that is under way—even including a dangerous loophole that would make it legal to kill wolves no matter how few remain.

         Wyoming’s wolves should remain protected under the Endangered Species Act until they have fully recovered and there are laws in place to ensure their survival. Tell the White House to stand up for wolf protections and oppose any plan that allows politics to decide the fate of an imperiled species."

Please Take Action & Help Stop The Slaughter Of Wyoming Wolves 

Thank You.

Jai Krishna Ponnappan


Update as of November 2012

Stop The Extermination Of Wolves !

                 Wyoming has just 328 wolves, but it's now perfectly legal to shoot, trap and gas them throughout most of the state. More than 40 wolves have already been slaughtered, and the rest are essentially on death row.

         If this makes you upset, Wyoming needs to hear from you! We have an action set up for you to send a letter directly to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. Tell him it's unacceptable that his state is allowing these animals to be slaughtered when we've spent so much time and effort rescuing them from the brink of extinction.

Here's the link to the action page: It’ll take less than a minute. 

Please SHARE to get your friends to take action too – the remaining 200+ wolves are depending on you!

~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan 

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