Sea Shepherd volunteers on the ground in the Faroe Islands have captured horrific scenes of the slaughter of a pod of pilot whales which took place at Hvannasund in the north of the island archipelago yesterday morning.
Video footage of the slaughter shows one of the killers pulling a knife from his pocket, and using it to violently cut a number pilot whales.
Since May 2015, the primary killing method permitted in a grindadráp has been a spinal lance. The use of a knife is reportedly permitted only under special circumstances, though it is not clear what these circumstances are.
“Faroese authorities have made it very clear that they expect Sea Shepherd - and everyone else visiting the Faroe Islands - to follow the very letter of their grind laws. However, it appears that the laws are considerably more relaxed when it comes to the whale hunters themselves. It is obvious that the Faroese authorities are intent on protecting the continuation of this depraved slaughter while paying only lip service to so-called ‘humane’ killing methods." Land Team Leader, Rosie Kunneke of South Africa.
The Violent Assault Comes Just Ten Days after Sea Shepherd Reported to Costa Rican Authorities Receiving Warning of an Impending Attack by Poachers.
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Faroese media have flouted an opportunity for open dialogue with representatives of Sea Shepherd in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, today.
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Captain Locky MacLean leads an international crew of volunteers ready to stand in defense of the pilot whales and other small cetaceans, targeting in the grind.
“Our ship, the Sam Simon, is crewed with 24 passionate volunteers from 11 nations. Our hope is that compassion will prevail over cruelty, that the beautiful bays and beaches of the Faroe Islands will stop running red with the blood of highly intelligent, sentient and social mammals.” - Captain MacLean.
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Captain Lockhart MacLean and crew were in the Norwegian port of Tromsø to document a shipment of endangered Fin whale meat onboard the vessel Winter Bay, currently en route to Japan.
Captain Lockhart MacLean has thanked the Norwegian authorities for their professionalism.
“The Norwegian Coast Guard have impressive assets and performed their duties to a high professional standard. Perhaps ageing and substandard vessels such as the Winter Bay, which is flying a flag of convenience and carrying endangered wildlife - akin to elephant ivory or shark fins - could be subjected to the same amount of pressure and scrutiny as we have been. Surely this would be a more valid use of Norwegian taxpayer money.” – Capt. MacLean.
For the second time this season, the waters of the Faroe Islands are red with the blood of slaughtered pilot whales, killed in the infamous drive hunt know by the Faroese term grindadráp or grind. To read more please click the link before and share!
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The following is a video release from Sea Shepherd UK to raise public awareness of the hidden cost of Scottish Salmon.
Hundreds of Scotland's seals shot dead under permits issued by Marine Scotland (Scottish government). Seal Permits are issued to wild salmon netting companies and fish farms around Scotland.
Seal permit information and statistics are withheld from the public and conservation groups by the government.
There is no monitoring of the seal permit holders and the entire system is open to abuse by companies.
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Also we do that show "Whale Wars" on Animal Planet.
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