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A total of 1,115 pilot whales have been brutally slaughtered in the Faroe Islands so far this year, making it the largest kill of any whale species in the world.
The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.
By killing dozens of individuals at once, the fishermen wipe out entire families and social groups of marine mammals, thereby destroying important building blocks of the species' gene pool and threatening its genetic biodiversity. We ask for an enforcement of an immediate ban on these bloody massacres.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
Christiansborg, Prins J%uFFFDrgens G%uFFFDrd 11
1218 Copenhagen K, DENMARK
ph: 45 33 92 33 00
fax: 45 33 11 16 65
Kaj Leo Johannsen, Prime Minister of the Faroes
Prime Minister's Office,
P.O. Box 64
FO- 110 T%uFFFDrshavn, FAROES
ph: 298 351010
fax: 298 351015
Helle Thorning-Schmidt Prime Minister of Denmark
The drive hunt is a practice abandoned elsewhere many decades ago, and now outlawed by other European states. The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have no subsistence need for whale meat, and much of the flesh is left to rot and be dumped; it cannot be exported, as it is polluted with heavy metals and other toxins and therefore cannot meet EU heath standards for human food.
According to Faroese legislation it is also permitted to hunt certain species of small cetaceans other than pilot whales. These include: Bottlenose dolphin; Atlantic white-beaked dolphin; Atlantic white-sided dolphin; and Harbour porpoise (There are also specific regulations for the hunting of harbour porpoise. Harbour porpoises are killed with shotguns).