This land is old, the culture is that of an ancient Norse lifestyle. The people are proud and revel in their independence and national pride. The Feroses people are so nice and hospitable here. There is little or no crime rate, they leave their homes open and keys in the car.Everyone lives in harmony with nature. 70-80% of their power comes from renewable energy (Hydro and Wind) this is more than America, Australia, UK and China can say. BUT (and this is a big but) they kill Pilot Whales and lie about it being necessary for survival. Quite a few people disagree with this age old tradition and many kids today say they don't want to partake in the grind when they are older. Lots of people love the taste of whale meat. I start to argue my point, one of the first questions asked is why do you pick on us, whales are free food and aren't factory farmed and cause no damage to the environment whats the difference between a whale, cow, pig, lamb and chicken? My response is that whales are slow to reproduce, an apex predator and intelligent mammal. I believe that factory farming is far worse than the Grind but to be honest I want them both GONE forever, I tell them I am Vegetarian they begin to realize that I'm no hypocrite as they don't believe anyone who eats meat has the right to telling them what they can and can't eat especially when it comes to whales. There has only been minor aggression so far mostly drunk people. Deb getting slapped is the most aggression we have recieved so far. In general everyone is lovely but yet again, start asking anyone about the Grind and hackles are raised even if you start a conversation about marine life as a civilian (non Sea Shepherd clothes) People get rather uncomfortable and start to use diversion tactics avoiding the subject all together. The mood changes from that of friendliness to that of either aggression or coldness. They beat around the issues and defend it to the grave. We all know it's a wasteful, bloodthirsty and horrific practice, stooped in history. It's the 21st century however so there is no longer a place for this kind of practice to happen. There was a friendly game of soccer the other day between Animal Planet/Sea Shepherd and the local klaksvik kids. We have had great conversations with the people, showing them that we are actually quite decent human beings and are prepared to listen to them instead of tar them with the same brush. Tours have been happening on the Brigitte Bardot. Kids love the pirate looking tshirts. This place and the people would be perfect a model society if only they stopped the Grind. The Grind holds back their society immensely.... Such a beautiful place yet so devoid of marine life, a place where 2 currents merge and mix that should be rich in marine life but is not. Please let's all unite together to Stop The Bloody Grind!!!! www.seashepherd.org (donate today)
Fellow Sea Shepherd and friend Peter Hammarstedt has this to say, reflections on a grind that he witnessed in Klaksvik and his feelings almost a year later upon returning to the warf that was once covered in dead whales and blood.
Whaling - International Whaling Commission: In 2011 the IWC met on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands from July 11th - 14th. WDCS attended the meeting on behalf of our supporters and the whales.
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