Are you all humans?
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
Here are my questions to Faroese people:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.