Target: Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Goal: Cease tradition of cruel slaughtering of whales and dolphins
The Faroe Islands have been self-governing under the sovereignty of Denmark since 1948. These people have a tradition of whale hunting. Whale hunting is regulated by Faroese authorities, but not by the International Whaling Commission due to disagreements about the Commission’s legal authority to regulate small hunts. Many animal rights groups want to end the Faroese people’s inhumane hunts of whales and dolphins.
Every year on the Faroe Islands, hundreds of pilot whales are slaughtered by men who go out with boats to drive these animals into a fjord, using nets to block their way back to sea. The hunters then pull these whales ashore with a blunt hook lodged in their blowholes. When the whales are beached and defenseless, they are killed by having their spinal cords and major blood vessels severed. It is estimated that it can take up to three and a half minutes for a whale to eventually die, according to Animals Australia, a voice for animals. Dolphins near the Island are also killed using these similar methods.
The tradition of whale and dolphin hunting came about because meat and blubber of these animals were an important part of the diet. But, now their food supply is diverse and steady. The hunt of these animals only continues mainly because of tradition. Sign the petition to demand for the end of the inhumane slaughter of whales and dolphins.
Dear Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands,
In the past, your people relied on hunting whales and dolphins for food. But now, the Island gets a diverse and plentiful supply of food. Nonetheless, whaling still continues primarily out of tradition. This tradition has killed thousands of whales and dolphins.
Killing these animals is cruel and inhumane. Some of the methods employed are torturous, such as severing major blood vessels and the spinal cords of these whales and dolphins. These animals do not die instantaneously. Instead, they are dying a painful death for up to four minutes. Ban the inhumane slaughter of these animals on the Island.
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