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December 18, 2008

        I am getting a forward mail for months from many of my friends and whenever I looked into the picture attached in that mails I am horrified, speechless and like to outburst against the brutality of this human nature in the name of tradition. The mail subject reads as ‘What will you say about this?’ and what it contained was the pictures of mass murderers(people of Faroe Island) walking in a knee deep of blood, brutally executing the whales without any mercy. I always feared whales and now I am worrying as I have more nasty creature than them and also they are on land.


Faroe Islands and its practice:

          Faroe Islands comes under the province of the Denmark, and it was given a high degree self-governance, supported by a substantial annual subsidy from Denmark. Faroe Islands are a group of islands in Northern Europe, between Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Since 1948, they have been an autonomous province of the kingdom of Denmark. The three areas for which the Denmark was responsible over the Faroe Islands are defence, foreign affairs and the legal system. All other things were taken care by Faroe government.

          From the 10th century they are following this culture of whaling which was now regulated by the Faroese authorities. They are killing some 950 whales every year in the name of tradition. These hunts were called as grindadrap in Faroese language which literally means as ‘Whale kill plot’.  July to August was said to be the suitable for whaling here.

Method of Whaling

Driving the whales: When a school of whales is sighted close to the land, mostly by the fishermen in the local boats, who then informs it as quickly as they can to whaling officials and district sheriff and many other men, so that they will join the group with boats.The boats gather in a wide semicircle behind the whales and slowly and quietly begin to drive them towards the chosen authorised bay.

Killing the whales: Then on the whaling foreman’s signal stones attached to lines are thrown into the water behind the whales, driving them towards the beach where they become stranded. Men gather on the shore to kill the beached whales.Then the whales will be killed as explained here.

Distribution of catch: The captured whales were then divided among the men who involved in killing and the local residents in the measure of Skinn(age-old measurement of Faroese). One skinn is equal to 34 kilos of blubber and 38 kilos of meat.

Faroese peoples voices:

Faroese people defends the killing with the below arguments:

  1. Most Faroese maintain that it is their right to catch pilot whales given that they have done so for centuries. The Faroese whalers defend their actions before international organizations like Greenpeace with three arguments: one, that grindadráp is not a hunt as such, but a dráp meaning a kill (ie that they do not regularly take to sea just to hunt for pilot whales, but only kill those which are sighted swimming to close at land).
  2. The pilot whale hunt does not exist for commercial reasons, but for internal food distribution among households; and three, they do not believe the pilot whale to be an endangered species.
  3.  In its Red List of Threatened Species the IUCN lists both the Long-  finned and Short-finned Pilot Whales as “Lower Risk: Conservation dependent”.

Pictures that will shook anybody who has humanity:


No. of whales killed:

Long-term annual average catch 1709–1999: 850
Annual average catch 1900–1999:                       1,225
Annual average catch 1980–1999:                       1,511
Annual average catch 1990–1999:                       956

My Questions:

Here are my questions to Faroese people:

  1. You people arguing that the killing whales was your practice. If a practice is bad one you must cahnge it. If somebody says smoking is my habit, which is bad, will you encourage them to continue it just because it’s a habit. If you do so means, then I will ask a question at you: Are you a human?
  2. You are saying that they are not endangered species. Even it says humans were not endangered species. Then will you kill your fellow humans in this cruel way? If humans have the right to live in the land why the whales doesn’t that right to live? Who gave the power to kill them in the name of culture? If you say we will not consider them as a living being, then I will ask a question at you: Are you a human?
  3. Your children are seeing this and involved in this killing. What is the kind of mentality they will have, after watching these much of blood? Will they continue to be normal? You are teaching them that killing is not a sin? If you are considering about your younger generation and still want to continue with your practice,then I will ask a question at you: Are you a human?

Request to Faroese government:

             If the people make mistakes in any name(practice), government must stop them from doing so by passing some stringent laws. But it doesn’t look like you are stopping them. Instead you are encouraging them to do so by setting up some officials for this and supporting this barbaric thing.
We are living in 21st century where there will be no killing of creatures must happen in any name. Please understand this and stop this cruel practice.

39 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2008 1:02 am

    @ Kanagu : I am appalled at your post. You must understand the culture of a place. Whales are just animals nothing more, nothing less. Its only Western Europeans and Americans who make such stupid noises without understanding the importance of whale meat to these nordic countries. Having been in Japan and seen whale meat for sale let me tell you I have no objection to the consumption of whale meat. The Japanese and the nordics have hunted whales for years without the whale population ever going down. The reason whales became endangered was when other cultures who did not consume whales started using whale by products. Basically its just like Australians eat Kangaroos. Some cultures eat cows which are held sacred by Indians but does that necessarily make them cruel? Basically I did not expect you to put your value judgment system on others. If you find this terrible, it is your problem. Do not judge other cultures. As someone who has lived off the land and gone hunting I understand what makes one hunt. That is a way of life and if you do not want to live it, it is one thing but you have no right to go and tell people who live in a particular way what to do and what not to do.

    • Fredde permalink
      October 20, 2009 3:26 am

      Your soo wrong, we nordic dont hunt whales, Norwegians might, but no other countries, not sweden, finland,denmark. Just in Faroe Islands. And the meat is no longer suited as human food, its even toxic, full of mercury and pcb…. . For myself i consider myself as Earthling among all other species, where everyone have as much right to live on this planet. The difference between humans and other animals, is that we have to be responsible for those actions we make, we can think and act and plan our actions. We cant just do things over & over for hundreds of years, just cause its an tradition,without looking on it from different point of views, thats plain stupid. And no i dont eat animals, its one thing to say im a animal friend, but i dont eat my friends..

  2. December 19, 2008 4:24 am

    Kanagu..dont even get me started about whaling. I have been to the South Pole and seen orcas in their natural habitat. What people do to them is barbaric especially the japanese..people that dont care about whale hunting dont care about wether some creatures go extinct..heres an idea lets teach whales to fight with bats and make the sport even hahahaahahaha..great post on keeping up awarness….odzer is out of his or her mind…Zman sends

    kanagu: As far as the reports are concerned, whales are not at the brink of extinct. But people must leave the habit of tortorus killing. I couldn’t imagine it if some 6 lions tearing me apart for food. A request for you steve. Don’t pinpoint anybody. Just make a note, why you rejecting his comments and what is wrong with it?
    Thank you 🙂

  3. December 19, 2008 11:22 am

    @ Steve : Basically like all westerners you think that “we can save the planet”. Which is alright because that is a very western concept. Here certain animals are just food. In my own state we have a tribe that eats cats. In some other parts of India we fatten dogs with rice and drive a metal rod up their anus till it comes out of their mouth and then eat them. Is that a problem for you? Perhaps yes. However not for us. Asians have always lived and let others live. I guess that is something that is difficult for you to understand. If you do not want to eat whales do not eat them. As for me I will not pass whale meat if it was served to me. If a species has to become extinct, it will and if it won’t it will not become extinct. You can do whatever you want to do in your own waters but don’t tell others what to do or what not to do. If you like cute whales go hug one.

  4. December 19, 2008 4:02 pm

    Holy shit!! When will we (humans!!) really learn!! 😦 😦

    kanagu: They will understand them soon

  5. December 19, 2008 8:22 pm

    I am a vegetarian and quite satisfied with the options available in this. I don’t understand why people have to eat meat in the first place. I don’t know about the climate there, but in India, one could do very well by being a vegetarian. Actually, my community was meat eating, till before some 75 years. Then everyone decided to become vegetarian and no one is complaining about that, as much as I can see. I wish more cultures, communities and nations can take up to vegetarianism.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Thats a good point… but I feel plants too have life. The only difference is they are not crying when some part of its body is broken by us. I am also thinking of becoming a complete vegetarian these days.. I am reducing my amount of consumption of meat.
    We must think about other things like odzer mentioned, if a country doesn’t have the enough agricultural options, they have to go for non-veg.

  6. December 19, 2008 9:29 pm

    @ Destination infinity : So you are a vegetarian? I am not. Its just food.

  7. December 19, 2008 11:12 pm

    Odzer – This is not western/eastern issue. Are we really that far gone as a people that we dont care if an animal goes extinct. I understand needing food for survival. Whales are not hunted so the japanese culture can survive.things are SOLD off for profit. I am not a tree hugger I hunt but how much is enough. The far east population has exploded in the last decade and now they hunt a creature to survive…seems ignorant to me….Zman sends

  8. December 20, 2008 12:27 am

    @ Steve : Well in a way it is and in a way it is not an eastern/western issue. Perhaps in modern Japan whale meat is not as widely consumed but it is an option and as an option it should BE AVAILABLE. The reason is traditionally its a part of the Japanese diet. They should not simply change their culture to suit WESTERN sentiments. Nor should the Farose or any other culture. If they feel like making the change by themselves its another story. No personally I do not care if some species goes extinct, if the time has come for it to happen, so be it. Just having something live on is not better than something dying. That is something that we do understand quite well. Clinging on to life just for the sake of living is pointless. As for the explosion of the Far East population, you may know it well that the Japanese population has been on a constant decrease. Whales were endangered not by the Japanese in the first place anyway. So why should they have to pay the price for it? The Ignorant Whaling Commission is just an eye wash and I hope Japan walks out of it.

  9. December 20, 2008 12:39 am

    In our culture, killing whales is a bad thing. But in their culture, killing whales is a tradition that is essential to their heritage. We should do whatever necessary to change their perceptions of whale killing, but confrontation is rather unproductive and may even force them to increase their whale killing activities. The best way to handle this is not to question their morals, but to provide them with the incentives to stop their activities. People act on their own interests. If there is an alternative with greater benefits, they will go with it.

    kanagu: I want the people to be clear on this. I want to eat, kill them.. but don’t eat them just because you killed them according to your tradition. There is no reason why you couldnot leave your practice if it is bad. But consuming animals as food is not a bad thing as people has been doing this for million of years.

  10. December 20, 2008 9:37 am

    @Odzer: There are no implications in my comment that being a non vegetation is bad. In fact, our civilization started with hunting and then progressed with agriculture. Now that we have both the options, why not select vegetarianism as it offers a variety of choices? No animal is born to be killed. Even a deer tries to save itself from the hungry lion. Killing hens or cows or pigs en masse could be avoided. Except in places and situations where nonveg becomes an inevitable way to survival.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: I have liked this suggestion. When we have options means we can go for it. But one thing for sure is both the plant and animals are living thing.

  11. December 20, 2008 10:41 am

    Gosh..thatz creepy..I can’t belive its all blood-business..

    I appreciate your concern and this is a well articulated post..But I think Odzer has a point.We are not to judge another culture by our norms.If it had indeed been an act of endangering whales,I guess by over centuries,the whales would ahve already been dried out..Now thatz not the case,so maybe nature has its own mechanism of balancing the number..Did you read recently about the sustralian government asking its inmates to eat more of kangaroo meat,bcoz they have grown in high numbers and there isn’t any more habitat available and hence inorder to prevent dying out of the whole group due to lack of resources,they kill out a few so that the rest can survive..Seems fair to me 🙂

    Good day

    kanagu: I have read about the things going on in Australia. But what made me to concern is that the way the whales are killed.. it’s very horrifying. We can’t do everthing just in the name of practice

  12. December 20, 2008 2:14 pm

    @ Destination infinity : No, you did not say that being a vegetarian is better. However there are some vegetarian people who love to declare their eating habits in public. Even plants do not want to die as you are well aware 90% of plants are toxic to humans. You are also aware that in survival situations it is advised never to eat unknown plants. Every species tries to protect itself from being eaten, it is just that plants are not likely to literally run away. Humans have a high level of intelligence to hunt and to be at the top of the food chain. I do not feel guilty for what I eat, I am sure if some carnivore got a chance he or she would love to hunt me. That is nature. As for whale hunting, No Indians do not eat whales but we are not talking about Indians. We are talking about Indians pontificating to the cultures that do. Just let them be. Whales have survived along with these cultures and they will. If they can not though, hard cheese! Human intervention in species management is not likely to bring around any “positive” results in my opinion.

  13. December 20, 2008 2:19 pm

    @ leafless : You are right to a certain degree. There are people even in whale consuming cultures that do not want to eat whales any more. However some western people the likes of greenpeace etc have a definite agenda and they are likely to intervene in a process that is happening on its own. It is the right of whaling nations to continue whaling at sustainable levels. Countries that do not whale traditionally should be prevented from doing so. However I think in the present situation the Japanese government has every right to protect its whaling fleet from western criminals like greenpeace.

  14. December 20, 2008 2:23 pm

    @ Nimmy : I am glad you see my point. Whales are a part of these cultures and I am sure they would continue to like hunting these creatures. In order for a hunt to take place it is necessary that there are whales around. Traditionally whale hunts are allowed only in a particular season and of a particular number. The question is about over whaling and how that should be prevented.There has been a number of instances where Australians have physically attacked people over whales and here we have a culture that only some years ago was stealing aborigine babies so that they could be raised in white homes so that they could be “civilised”. They still continue to hunt the Dingo and other wildlife in their own country with impunity. I think people who live in glass houses…..

  15. December 20, 2008 10:44 pm

    How is it different from killing lakhs of goats, hens and pigs daily all around the world?
    If it is not an endangered specie and act is done solely for the purpose of eating the meat, there is no reason to object.
    Believe me, if I show you the pics of the places where goats are butchered for meat, you would be equally appalled. Then why is killing whales different?
    Secondly, I don’t understand the concept of Vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Its the law of nature that whenever you have to eat something, you have to kill someone “alive”. It may be a plant or animal. Why do we sympathize more with animals just because they “look” like us?

    kanagu: Hi Amit, Welcome here 🙂
    I agree with you in all the points except the last one. We are not fighting with animals with our own strengths. We are using some weapons which they not even dreamt about. I think it is not at all fair.
    I like to have your visit again here soon

  16. December 21, 2008 8:44 am

    Appalling. Period.

    Humankind is characterized by many unwanted characteristics. And driving animals to extinction is one of them.

    I find their excuses pretty dumb and baseless. Duh..! When are we going to realize that our sense should be used to protect our fellow inhabitants and our planet… (No, I am not advocating vegetarianism here; that is completely different.)


    Hello mate…

    I know; been long since I dropped in. Had a hectic couple of weeks. Now marking attendance at the places I haunt! Blog updated at long long last too.

    Hope all is well. Off to read what I’ve missed.


    kanagu: Welcome back here kartz 🙂
    We must have some amount of kindness on those animals which are not able to defend against our ruthlessness.

  17. December 21, 2008 10:59 am

    @ Amit : I agree with you and I will say something further. Clubbing animals to death is not barbaric, we used clubs a long time ago as weapons. The end result of bashing an animal on the head is death, just as it is harpooning it or pushing a knife through the heart. It may be primitive though. I have no problems if such means are employed to hunt such creatures. I see it no different than uprooting a couple of potatoes.

    @ Kartz : I tried to understand your comment. Why should we protect our fellow beings, why should they not protect themselves. If you have noticed they actually do that quite well by themselves. However it is only when species can not do it that they go extinct. Whether the predator is man or some other species. It is called natural selection. The survival of the fittest etc. A man with a club is a pretty worthy adversary for a whale. Although I would suppose we are the only adversary that these particular species are likely to meet. Oh and yeah its not all particularly “tasteful” or “peaceful” but that is as you say completely different. There is no virtue and there is no vice. It is as it is.

  18. December 21, 2008 5:21 pm

    The pictures are apalling & so is the practice 😦

    kanagu: 😦

  19. December 21, 2008 5:25 pm

    GOSH!!! River of Blood!!

    kanagu: 😦

  20. December 22, 2008 1:59 am

    Killing whales for a culture/tradition is just insane ..
    Its not killing but mass killing that is depressing

    kanagu: You have got it right my friend

    • Súsanna permalink
      July 31, 2010 2:27 am

      What is so insane about it .. it’s food .. it’s not brutal or cruel .. it’s in our nation to kill whales … people who has seen this changes their mind after seeing us kill whales … so all this shit about we are cruel and brutal people is BULLSHIT !!!

      kanagu: Its just the way its being done make this look cruel Susana… I am nothing against people eating animals.. but there are ways… thats what I am saying..

  21. December 22, 2008 12:52 pm

    @ Arvind : They have been doing this since the 10th Century do you really expect a whole culture to perish due to one of your bad moods? If they could have been growing carrots they would have been. More whales die due to the toxic seas than these people. Sometimes it may be wiser to see beyond the bloodier picture.

  22. December 23, 2008 8:30 pm

    To everyone opposing the whale killing I’d like to ask the following question: Why is the survival of the animal more important than the survival of a tradition which identifies a community; therefore making it like an identifier of a species of human (although not in the biological sense)..

    Personally I feel killing a whole lot of whales this way is more honest than buying a skinned and filleted chicken at the supermarket. These people have absolutely no illusion of where the whale meat came from and how the animal was killed.
    The rest of us live in ignorance of how much the animals we eat suffered in their life as well as the moment they died.

    Now, what to have for dinner… let’s see… maybe a steak?

    kanagu: Welcome here hedonist 🙂
    If whale is an animal, then who we are? We can kill animals for our survival and existence and not for traditions. Traditions and cultures are created by us. Why can’t we broke it, if it is cruel to some creatures?

  23. elah permalink
    December 24, 2008 9:52 am

    culture and tradition. deym right, i understand. it’s alright to continuously practice a tradition as long as we don’t make others suffer because of it… and that “others” can be comprised of not only people but animals as well, which whales and dolphins are members of. as they say, all of us has rights to do what we want, but those rights stops when the rights of others are at stake.

    kanagu: Welcome here Elah 🙂
    What you have said is absolutely right… I don’t know why people can’t understand that animals too have their rights 😦

  24. December 24, 2008 3:34 pm

    @Elah; how many cultures do you think don’t cause suffering of something or the other, whether human, animal, environment, plant, etc.
    Even nature can make animals suffer. Should we take an animal out of the wild in winter because it’s feeling cold and hungry? Should we keep it in an air-conditioned room in the summers because it’s feeling hot and dehydrated? Should we keep two animals from fighting over dominance because they may get hurt? Etc.
    Life = Suffering

  25. December 25, 2008 1:16 am

    @ Elah : Rights are something completely man made and as such can only extend to humans.

  26. December 25, 2008 7:13 pm

    I have heard that Maneka Gandhi is very nice to her dogs but is inhuman with her servants. Whenever someone talks about cruelty to animals I am reminded of her.

    kanagu: But we should not take example of hers. Take a part from her and take a full from Mother Teresa. We will know how to respect all the creatures 🙂

  27. Anna permalink
    January 9, 2009 8:57 pm

    odozer, you are the problem with the world today.
    God did not put these animals here for people to kill them in the brutal ways thats its being done. You say its fine get over it, what if it was people brutally killing people would that be fine too. It needs to stop and people like you don’t help matters any. Here in the states if you abuse an animal you go to jail for it and so should all of the people who are tortuing these animals. You think its funny to shove a stick up a dogs rectum till it comes out their mouth, well I think maybe someone should do the same to you, then i gaurente that you wouldn’t think it was so damn funny then would you.

  28. Anna permalink
    January 9, 2009 8:58 pm

    odozer, you are the problem with the world today.
    God did not put these animals here for people to kill them in the brutal ways that its being done. You say its fine get over it, what if it was people brutally killing people would that be fine too. It needs to stop and people like you don’t help matters any. Here in the states if you abuse an animal you go to jail for it and so should all of the people who are tortuing these animals. You think its funny to shove a stick up a dogs rectum till it comes out their mouth, well I think maybe someone should do the same to you, then i gaurente that you wouldn’t think it was so damn funny then would you.

  29. January 9, 2009 10:55 pm

    Kanagu, cool down! 🙂 These pictures do look bad with the blood all around, but this is a common thing to all butcher shops and slaughter houses.

    I believe the Faroe Islanders live in a place where other sources of food were scarce and therefore took to eating whales. I guess whale meat is just like fish or any other meat to them.

    If it’s a part of their diet (because they don’t/didn’t have access to other sources of food) and as long as the whales are not endangered, I guess they can continue to hunt whales for food. For them, it may not be any different than fishing or slaugthering animals for meat. It seems to be a combination of the two actually.

    But under no circumstances should they or anyone else be allowed to hunt the whales to extinction or endanger any whale species! That cannot and should not be allowed. It seems the Faroe Islanders actually eat the meat of these non-endangered whale species, as opposed to certain other whaling countries like Japan. Japan shamelessly hunts endangered whales under the name of “whaling for scientific purposes”. What bullshit! Why does one have to kill endangered whales to conduct “scientific research”?

  30. April 5, 2009 6:23 am

    WARNING: Do not eat whale meat-Powered by

    CDNN – CYBER DIVER News Network
    FAROE ISLANDS (30 Nov 2008)

    Chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption, because they are toxic – as revealed by research on the Faroes themselves.

    The remote Atlantic islands, situated between Scotland and Iceland, have been one of the last strongholds of traditional whaling, with thousands of small pilot whales killed every year, and eaten by most Faroese.

    Anti-whaling groups have long protested, but the Faroese argued that whaling is part of their culture – an argument adopted by large-scale whalers in Japan and Norway.

    But today in a statement to the islanders, chief medical officers Pál Weihe and Høgni Debes Joensen announced that pilot whale meat and blubber contains too much mercury, PCBs and DDT derivatives to be safe for human consumption.

    “It is with great sadness that this recommendation is provided,” they said. “The pilot whale has kept many Faroese alive through the centuries.”

    But in “a bitter irony”, they said, research on the impact of the pollutants on the Faroese themselves has shown that mercury, especially, causes lasting damage.

    The work has revealed damage to fetal neural development, high blood pressure, and impaired immunity in children, as well as increased rates of Parkinson’s disease, circulatory problems and possibly infertility in adults. The Faroes data renewed concerns about low-level mercury exposures elsewhere.

  31. June 9, 2009 5:46 pm

    As a Danish American, I am ashamed of this barbaric custom. I thought more highly of my ancestory until I saw this. As a certified Master Naturalist, I conduct dolphin educational tours on a regular basis where I live. I have come to know the dolphins and I’m here to tell you they are more like us than you might like to believe. Perhaps the dolphins should be allowed to slaughter the Danes in the name of culture and custom?

    • Faroes dude permalink
      September 16, 2009 5:46 am

      Just to clarify something, the Danes are not killing any whales at all, how someone who claims danish ancestry can mistake Denmark for the Faroe Island I honestly don’t know.

  32. arab thinker permalink
    August 13, 2009 6:14 pm

    should we kill animal?
    of course no
    if you agree about killing animal
    so anyone can kill anyone
    we should living without killing each other
    do you agree?
    this people eating lots of meat are killer and loving to suck blood
    please leave animal to live as god creat it to live
    be human – be human – be human
    some people are idiot
    they live to bother other
    freedom to animal and human from they crazy people
    that s same to people start war!
    they love to kill other people why????
    because they disagree with them
    so they must die
    killer animal are same like killer human
    all will meet in hell

  33. Faroes dude permalink
    September 16, 2009 5:26 am

    Yes we are humans.

    1. I know lots of folks who smoke, they know my stance on it (I dislike it), but I would never force anyone to stop smoking. Only tyrants force others to do something.

    2.yep the pilot whale is not endangered, we only kill aprocsimatly 0.1% of the entire population each year, some years there are even no whales being killed, we don’t hunt them, we only take the ones that are close to land, and even then several whole groups of whales get away, just this year I’ve heard of 4 failed Grinds coz the whales got away, which is 50% of the grinds that have been this year.

    No one has given us the power to kill them in the name of our culture, it started as killing for survival, in the past whole villages would die of starvation over a winter or it would be saved because whales where spotted, in a country where nothing grows you have to what you can to survive, and along the line it got ingrained into our culture. yeah yeah you are probably gonna say I shot myself in the feet there somehow.

    3. Yes our children see this, they are not involved in the killing, they see it so they don’t grow up in ignorance about where the food comes from, everyone here knows where meat comes from, and it is not the supermarket.
    Their mentality, after seeing all the blood and such in real life, will be much sounder than the mentality of kids who only see such things in tv and on computer games where it is encouraged more or less to spill blood.
    Killing animals is not a sin, killing people is.
    We are considered about our younger generation, so could you people pleace stopping dumping your shit into the ocean! it is the main reason people are stopping eating whale meat, it is polluted, now what is more humane? killing an animal instantly by slicing it’s throat or filling it with pollutants?

    Yes we are humans, probably more than the millions who have forgotten what that means.
    The top of the food chain.

  34. Kevin permalink
    December 8, 2009 11:32 am

    What has changed in a year? This is truly bloody and barbaric. I can not imagine the seen at the time of the hunt. What would happen if the whales were not hunted? What would the town miss? Is blubber still used for light? At the same time survival matters. Traditions do matter. Yet I can’t help think that some things must change. Molded with new senses of understanding and even hope. The Catholic church knows this well. The stoic, cold hand of seeming justice does not feel the same now for them. Their power and trust dimished because all felt too strangled to stand up for themselves, less for others. All in the rub of tradition. How can we change when the path of existence is survival, not something higher and more enlightened? The day to day rules. Yet we close our eyes as if without purpose or consciousness because it what we (think) must do. We have always done it. It is tradition. How can 200+ years be wrong?

  35. PHen permalink
    April 22, 2010 8:13 am

    Plz stop it…..peple….

  36. sarah permalink
    July 14, 2010 12:29 pm

    plz stop whaling

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