Denmark is typically known as being one of the happiest countries on earth, but there is a dark side to the nation that few are aware of: their direct involvement in the slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands.
According to a petition on Care2 written by Sea Shepherd, hundreds of pilot whales and other cetaceans off the coasts of the Faroe Islands are mercilessly slaughtered in the name of a barbaric tradition called “grindadráps”. The Faroese people reportedly have a high standard of living, and despite receiving support from the EU and many of the people having EU passports that give them the benefits of being a EU citizen, they claim to be exempt from EU law that forbids the intentional killing of whales.
However, the Faroese do not do this all on their own. The petition states that Danish police, navy, and customs officials have protected these whale hunters and facilitated these global crimes, making them just as guilty with the same blood on their hands as the hunters. As a member of the European Union, Denmark must abide by all of its governing laws, including the EU Habitats Directive that forbids “all forms of deliberate disturbance, capture, or killing of cetaceans.”
Sea Shepherd is requesting your help to put an end to this senseless slaughter and hold accountable all who are involved in the practice. Please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to the European Commission and Commissioner Karmenu Vella demanding that EU law is honored and Denmark is held accountable for their repeated blatant violations of the EU Habitats Directive. Most people are unaware of this massive slaughter of innocent cetaceans, so please share this with friends and family and encourage them to join you in signing the petition and saving the world’s whales.
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