Defending Dolphins in the Faroe Islands
As many as 1,000 long-finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faroe Islands each year. The slaughter occurs mainly during the summer months in so-called “traditional” communal drive hunts that locals refer to as "grindadráp" or simply, “the grind,” but more accurately this practice should be called what it truly is - mass slaughter.
Sea Shepherd has been leading the opposition against the slaughter of small cetaceans in the Faroe Islands for decades, actively opposing the grinds since 1985. Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson led campaigns to the Faroes in 1985, 1986, 2000 and 2011. During 2011’s Operation Ferocious Isles, not a single pilot whale was killed while Sea Shepherd patrolled the islands.
As we return to the Faroes, our goal remains the same: bring the grind to a grinding halt. Operation GrindStop 2014 is Sea Shepherd’s most wide-ranging and longest Faroes campaign to date. Approximately 500 Sea Shepherd volunteers will be standing in defense of the pilot whales and other dolphins on land and at sea during the peak grind months of June to September, monitoring the 23 grind bays, deterring the dolphins from shore, and taking direct action to intervene against a grind if necessary.
Operation GrindStop 2014 will range from conducting investigations and documentation, to providing education and local outreach, and spreading awareness through global media. Just as we have shone an international spotlight on the cruel and now infamous drive hunt of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, we will expose the horrors of the grinds in the “Taiji of the North,” applying more global pressure than ever before to end the bloodshed.