Stop the Danish Dolphin Slaughter in the Faroe Islands

Hundreds of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed annually, mainly during the summer. The genus is part of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). The hunts, called "grindadráp" in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. Then they drive the whales slowly into a bay or to the shallows of a fjord. When a whale is in shallow water a hook is placed in its blowhole so that it may be dragged ashore. Once on land or immobilized in knee deep water, a cut is made across its top near the blowhole to partially sever its head. The dead animals are then dragged further to shore after the remaining whales have been likewise killed.