“Total chaos. Bloody water. Whales dying. People getting arrested.”

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(Title is the description by someone who shared the story, Melanie Jacobs).
This butchering of pilot whales is unsustainable and barbaric, and protesters have been arrested for entering the water and banging on poles in hopes of driving off the whales before they can be slaughtered.
Please sign this petition to help persuade the Faroese (who are supported by the Danish Navy) to join the modern age instead of clinging like limpets to past that is gone.

17 protesters were arrested.
14 protesters were arrested.

“The local community heads out in small boats loaded with stones, hooks, ropes, and knives. Once they’ve approached the pod, the boats form a small half-circle behind the pod. Small rocks attached to lines are thrown into the water to create a wall of bubbles to reflect the sonar of the pilot whale. The cetaceans interpret the bubbles as a cliff wall that they must steer away from – because of this, the small boats are able to herd the cetaceans towards a low-lying shore. As the pod approaches land, the boats continue to harass and frighten the mammals until they’re washed up on the shore. Once beached, a knife is used to cut through the veins and arteries that supply blood to the pilot whales head. Some pilot whales suffer for as much as 30 seconds while others can take up to four minutes to die.
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Those pilot whales that do not wash ashore have a gaff hook beaten into their blowhole and are then pulled ashore by rope. As a result of public pressure campaigns spearheaded by groups like Sea Shepherd in the 1980s, the gaff hook no longer resembles its sharper predecessor, but the blocking of the cetacean’s airway is incredibly painful and results in panic and injury. The fear and suffering is no less mitigated by a sea that quickly turns red with blood in a bizarre ritual reminiscent of Roman gladiatorial violence. As the entire human community partakes in the blood orgy, the whale meat is divided up among the locals although many times the whale meat is simply left to rot on the beach. Up to 1,000 pilot whales are killed annually in this manner, primarily in the months of July and August.” About the campaign.
Injured, dying, and dead whales can be seen to the right as this protester was taken away.
Injured, dying, and dead whales can be seen to the right as this protester was taken away.

This video is in French, but the pictures tell the story – it is included here because what it reveals undermines the claims by the Faroese people that they have this brutal tradition in order to eat the meat.  If you can’t stomach the blood, then start at the 2:21 minute mark.

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson:
For the last 85 days, Sea Shepherd has been able to find and escort whale pods away from the Faroe Islands. We have documented the activities but have not released them so as to not anger the whalers. Today a pod of 35 pilot whales came so close to a killing bay on Sandoy that the thugs from that island were able to get to them rather quickly.
Sea Shepherd land crew made it to the beach and into the water as three Sea Shepherd three fast boats arrived on the scene before the killing began. Unfortunately a police helicopter from Torshaven and vessels from the Danish Navy made it to the Bay at the same time. The Danish Navy ordered the boats to stand off. We have not heard back from the boats so we do not know what their situation is. We do know the entire Sandoy land team has been arrested and 35 pilot whales are dead on the beach.
Maggie Gschnitzer Italy
Rorigio Gilkuri is from Mexico
Nikki Botha (south Africa)
Monnique Rossouw (South Africa)
Sergio Toribio (Spain)
Alexandra Sellet (France)
There are three Sea Shepherd fast boats in the water. Not yet fully confirmed that the B.S. Sheen, Charlie Sheens boat has been taken and three crew arrested.
Now that this slaughter has taken place, we can mention that over the last 82 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 hat our volunteers saved those whales and made a valiant attempt to save these 35.
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 Faroese is 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.
Short finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Short finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)

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