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The Last Whaling Station The Last Whaling Station
Commentary by Peter Hammarstedt, First Officer, M/Y Brigitte Bardot
The Faeroe Islands are infamous for the annual slaughter of pilot whales and other small cetaceans, but 25 years ago, the blood from the great whales also stained the windswept shores of these islands a crimson red. ... Read More


Sea Shepherd Investigates Secret Underwater Pilot Whale Graveyard Sea Shepherd Investigates Secret Underwater Pilot Whale Graveyard
Earlier today, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s crew aboard the fast interceptor vessel the Brigitte Bardot, investigated a massive underwater graveyard where pilot whale carcasses are discarded after grinds in Vestmanna and Leynar in the Faeroe Islands. The massive, secret underwater graveyard was first discovere ... Read More


Two Faeroese Nationals join Sea Shepherd in Torshavn Harbour Two Faeroese Nationals join Sea Shepherd in Torshavn Harbour
On the afternoon of July 19, Sea Shepherd’s vessel, the Brigitte Bardot, entered Torshavn Harbour in the Faeroe Islands to collect two Faeroese crewmembers for their pilot whale defense campaign, Operation Ferocious Isles. Magnus Hjaltalin A Kamarinum, 21, from Torshavn and Hilmar Reinert Bogason, 21, from Skala, joi ... Read More


Operation Ferocious Isles: Defending the Rights of Whales in the Faeroe Islands Operation Ferocious Isles: Defending the Rights of Whales in the Faeroe Islands
Within a matter of days, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will set sail for the Danish Protectorate of the Faeroe Islands with an improved plan of action to stop the horrific annual slaughter of thousands of endangered pilot whales known as the “Grind.” The 2011 Operation Ferocious Isles campaign will mark the fir ... Read More


The Grind

In July 2010, Sea Shepherd had an undercover operative in the Faeroe Islands, and we exposed shocking images of slaughtered pilot whales with unborn calves which were cut out of their mothers’ bodies.

These mammals are killed during what the locals call “the Grind,” but more accurately should be called what it is—slaughter.

The Faeroese pilot whale grind is similar to the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter in Japan, documented in the award-winning film, The Cove. The main difference is that there are at least twenty-three different coves in the Faeroes where a grind could potentially take place, as opposed to one cove in Taiji!

Sea Shepherd has been actively opposing and confronting the Faeroese grind since 1985 and will remain one of the foremost advocates for the whales.

 

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To report a grind call: +45 36 96 08 85

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