Denmark should be shamed. The sea is stained in red and it’s not because of the climate effects of nature.
It’s because of the cruelty that the “civilized” human beings kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.
This happens every year in Feroe Island in Denmark .
The main participants in this slaughter are young teens.
A celebration — a rite of passage — to show that they are adults and mature!
In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun.
Everyone is participating one way or the other - killing or looking at the cruelty “supporting like a spectator“.
According to a Faroe Islands whaling site, such hunts unfold as follows:
Whale drives only take place when a school of pilot whales is sighted close to land, which is most often from a local fishing boat or ferry and when sea and weather conditions make it possible. This can take place at any time of the year, but catches are most common in July and August when the days are long and the weather is more stable.
Notice of the school is sent to the elected whaling officials and to the district administrator responsible for the whale drive and is spread as widely and quickly as possible in the local community so that enough people and boats can join in the drive. Employers usually make allowances for members of their staff to take time off during whale drives.
The boats gather in a wide semicircle behind the whales and slowly and quietly begin to drive them towards the chosen authorized bay. On the whaling foreman’s signal, loose stones and stones attached to lines are thrown into the water behind the whales, helping to herd the whales towards the beach where they become stranded. According to the regulations, any group of whales which cannot be beached in this manner must be driven out to sea again.
A crucial factor in ensuring an effective whale drive is the organization of participants, both in boats and on shore, in addition to prevailing weather and tidal conditions during driving and beaching. The spontaneous nature of a whale drive requires swift mobilization of manpower to drive and kill a group of large wild animals quickly. Whale drives are only initiated when whales are sighted by chance close to land.
Faroese animal welfare legislation, which also applies to whaling, requires that animals are killed as quickly and with as little suffering as possible. Whales are killed on the shore and in the shallows of bays especially authorized for the purpose. A regulation spinal lance must be used to sever the spinal cord, which also severs the major blood supply to the brain, ensuring both loss of consciousness and death within seconds. This, in addition to the supplementary use of the traditional whaling knife, if necessary, is the most efficient and humane means of killing beached pilot whales safely, with many participants involved at the same time.
In recent years, two new items of equipment have been developed and formally approved and required as standard equipment. The blow-hole hook used to secure the whales causes no injury prior to slaughter and is now widely used. The spinal lance has now also been introduced as the preferred standard equipment for killing pilot whales. It has been shown to reduce killing time to 1-2 seconds while also improving accuracy and safety (see also under Whaling and animal welfare).
The Faroes participate actively in the work of the NAMMCO Committee on Hunting Methods, where veterinary experts and experienced hunters from different countries share information and work to develop best practices for the humane killing of marine mammals.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/hunting/dolphinhunt.asp#LEDCZLEFKrtjDmFU.99
Is it necessary to mention that the Calderon dolphin, like many other species of dolphins, is near extinction. These animals get near men to play and interact in PURE friendship and trust.
They don’t die instantly - they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hooks.
At that time the dolphins produce a grim cry like that of a new born child.
The dolphins suffer and there’s no compassion. This magnificent creature slowly dies in its own blood.
We won’t only read. That would make us accomplices, viewers need to “feel” the pain and the desperation. Mostly, we need to feel the unnecessary cruelty of this action!
Thousands of people have signed petitions. The government of Denmark/Faroe Islands ignores them; petitions go unheeded. It is time that we, citizens of this planet, called upon our own governments to tell Denmark/Faroe Islands that the whales and dolphins they slaughter are not theirs to kill. It is time that we fought back for the sake of those who cannot speak at our courts.
We must demand that our government put Denmark and the Faroe Islands on notice: We will NOT passively permit you to continue this vulgar practice! We will place sanctions against you until it stops. We will not buy or sell with you. You are shunned, unwelcome, until you stop slaughtering these fellow residents of the earth.
This is our planet, the earth is our mother, and all of the creatures who share it with us are our fellows, brother and sister inhabitants. It is not ours to do with as we please. We’re only here borrowing it for a while. The Calderon dolphins may very well be led to extinction by this killing, and extinct is forever. They are just one of the species of cetaceans killed by these people. NO intelligent creature should be treated this way. Despite claims to the contrary, the Faroese do NOT need to do this to survive. Please, do all you can to make it stop.
If the Faroe Islands are so horribly barren as you Faroese apologize/defend, that you (Faroese) cannot grow food in hothouses, cannot raise eggs, etc., and the (over)fishing that you’re already doing still cannot support your people, then it is far better to leave that place (or redouble your efforts to grow vegetables in hothouse environments) than to continue killing these sentient, sapient, sovereign beings, just to survive. It’s not 200 years ago anymore. Relocating would be easy enough to do… if it were actually a matter of survival.
There is no good excuse for this… and the powerboats that drive hundreds and thousands to their deaths are NOT part of any tradition, even if tradition were to be given some special importance. (Slavery was a tradition, too.) It is time for the Faroese to end these horrible atrocities, the deaths they bring, and the poor health and shame they heap upon themselves by refusing to do so.
Founder – Protect The Ocean
Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark
Some news outlets have reported that indeed, it is true: each year, residents of the Faroe Islands, including some teenagers, gather to slaughter so-called Calderon dolphins in what has been described as a “call to manhood.” Residents of the area can be seen in photographs gathering around to watch as these mammals are repeatedly stabbed and then, slowly bleed to death – all the while crying out with a sound that is described by some as that of a “human child.” Photos and videos showing what appear to be the bloody carcasses of Calderon dolphins lined up on the shore of the Faroe Islands can be found online and they are disturbing to say the least.
Some articles suggest that complaints about the Calderon dolphin slaughter, which seems eerily similar to that detailed in the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary ”The Cove,” have gone unnoticed by the government in Denmark. In recent months, petitions to stop the killing of the Calderon dolphins have popped up online.
A Facebook group called “Stop the Slaughter of Calderon Dolphins in the Faroe Islands in Denmark” has nearly 1800 members and a petition within the group has nearly 200 postings. Another petition, this one on the Care2 petition website, has nearly 25000 signatures.
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