We are calling upon your government to replace the current dietary recommendations with health warnings and urge Faroese and foreign consumers to stop eating contaminated whale meat and blubber.
To prevent an impending public health crisis, the international community appeals for your responsible action and information dissemination regarding the serious health threats posed to people eating toxic whale and dolphin products.
On 26 November 2008, Dr. Høgni Debes Joensen, Chief Medical Officer in the Faroes, and Dr. Pál Weihe, Chief Physician at the Department of Occupational and Public Health in the Faroese Hospital System, declared that pilot whale meat and blubber are no longer fit for human consumption due to the increasing amounts of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin and other toxic chemicals in them.
Studies have revealed that aside from poisoning whales and dolphins, these pollutants are also linked to the high incidence of Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart ailment, immune system disorder, reproductive failure and other serious health issues in the Faroes.
In 2012, Dr. Joensen and Dr. Weihe updated their warning with a formal recommendation that from a human health point of view, pilot whale should no longer be used for human consumption.
Despite the medical officers' warning, the Faroese government has only responded with dietary recommendations on the consumption of whale products. Contaminated whale meat and blubber continue to be distributed to the public in the Faroe Islands. Reports show that they are even offered in restaurants and bars for curious tourists to try.
The number of uninformed foreign consumers is growing and there's no assurance that Faroese whale products are not finding their way into supermarkets, restaurants and homes in other countries.
Prime Minister Johannesen, we appeal to your government to issue a critical warning against whale consumption that will supersede the existing dietary recommendations.
We submit this petition to avert devastating health problems that can affect not only the Faroese people but also consumers from other countries.
Gil De Palma
Whale Call Project
Times have changed since we originally launched our petition to stop the slaughter of whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands. We have seen how whalers can obstinately resist the international clamor against the grind.
Our Whale Call community will take a different approach to achieve our objective.
We will endeavor to eliminate the whale and dolphin market by informing consumers that their meat is toxic.
According to Dr. Weihe: “It is with great sadness that this recommendation is provided. The pilot whale has served the Faroese well for many hundreds of years and has likely kept many Faroese alive through the centuries. But the times and the environment are changing, and we therefore believe that this recommendation is necessary from a human health point of view.”
Read more about the research here:
We must deliver an overwhelming call on the Faroese government to replace current dietary recommendations for whale products with health warnings and urge the people not to eat contaminated whale meat.
Tell Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen to do the right thing and save lives.
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During the summer months, inhabitants of the Faroe Islands - a group of islands under the sovereignty of Denmark, situated roughly halfway between Norway and Iceland - celebrate a cultural tradition called the grindadrap or the "grind," literally translated as “whale murder.”
Faroese whalers perpetrate the traditional butchery by surrounding entire pods of whales and dolphins with motor boats and driving them into the shallows -- where other residents are waiting for the kill. Disoriented, exhausted and terrified, the animals are forced to beach themselves. Reveling islanders use blunt-ended metal hooks to spear the whales’ blowholes and drag them up the beach. Then they murder the helpless animals with a knife cut to their major blood vessels.
During this summer’s cruel and unnecessary grind, Faroese residents slaughtered over 460 pilot whales.
Prime Minister Johannesen, it is already common knowledge that whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, socially complex, and peaceful marine mammals. Since 1982, the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats has listed Cetaceans in Appendix II (List of strictly protected species) and in Appendix III (List of protected species).
There is no justification for killing them.
Each islander receives only about 22 pounds of whale meat a year for the slaughter to be convincingly rationalized as aboriginal subsistence whaling. Alarming levels of mercury, cadmium and other contaminants are found in whale and dolphin meat so it cannot pass EU health standards for human food, consequently, it cannot be exported. Much of the meat is dumped and left to rot.
The grindadrap continues exclusively for the sake of tradition.
As the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, you have the power to put an end to this barbaric tradition once and for all. We appeal to you to recognize the mounting international condemnation of the grindadrap, and to prohibit the slaughtering of dolphins and whales in the Faroe Islands.
Gil De Palma
This petition closed 10 months ago
Whale Call Project believes that the Faroese people and foreign consumers have the right to know about the hazards of eating whale meat and blubber to be able to make intelligent decision about...
Whale Call Project believes that the Faroese people and foreign consumers have the right to know about the hazards of eating whale meat and blubber to be able to make intelligent decision about the matter.
It is the Faroese government's moral obligation to tell the whole truth about contaminated whale meat and implement measures to save people's lives.
And we hope that the truth will set whales and dolphins free and finally stop the slaughter in the Faroe Islands.
About the Grind:
"The Grind," or whale slaughters, dates back to the 1500s and is a cultural tradition for the Faroese. Many people come from all over to watch whale hunters rush into the bay to slash and stab the whales until the surrounding waters turn red with their blood.
Hundred's of pilot whales were slaughtered in this way during the barbaric event held earlier this month.
Join countless environmental and animal rights activists in demanding that the Faroe Islands stop the whale massacre!