Actress and devoted animal rights activist Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, asking thatDenmark end its support of the “grindadráp” or “grind,” the brutal and archaic mass slaughter that claims the lives of hundreds of pilot whales and other small cetaceans each year in the Faroe Islands.
Pamela, along with her charitable Pamela Anderson Foundation, continues to be an unwavering voice for imperiled animals worldwide, including the marine wildlife she deeply cherishes. She has been an outspoken advocate for whale conservation and for seals in her native Canada.
Below is the text of the letter sent by Pamela Anderson to the the Prime Minister:
Last year I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful and enchanting Faroe Islands. It is a place out of a fairy tale, with lovely green mountains and sparkling clean streams with crystal clear waterfalls, sometimes held in the ephemeral embrace of low-flowing clouds. The houses are inviting and the people are friendly.
But like many fairy tales, behind the beauty and the serenity there lurks a dark shadow that lies behind the smiles.
I am of course referring to the Grind.
Mr. Prime Minister, I cannot see any justification for this horrific slaughter, this infliction of such agonizing cruelty and the transformation of such beautiful, intelligent and sociable animals like pilot whales and dolphins.
There is no necessity for the meat of these gentle creatures. The Faroese are a wealthy community of islands. There can be no justification for the great nation of Denmark to send warships to these islands to defend the whale killers from non-violent opposition to the killing.
Eating the whale meat even puts the citizens themselves in danger and this is an egregious offense when such toxic food is fed to children who have not been given any choice of what they must consume.
As we evolve into the 21st Century, humanity must put away traditions based on cruelty and death. This Grind is archaic, barbaric and a disgrace not only to Denmark but to all of humanity.
I would like to respectfully request that Denmark refrain from providing support to the Faroese both in subsidies and with military assistance.
The killing of whales is illegal under the laws of the European Union and thus illegal under the laws of Denmark so the question must be asked, why is the Danish Navy, at a huge cost to Danish taxpayers, protecting the slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands?