WHAT IT IS:
Grindadrap is the name of a festival in the Faroe Islands in which hundreds of whales are killed. The suffering of pilot whales and dolphins due to this archaic practice is immense. These sentient beings are hunted and subjected to watching their family die before dying themselves. Killing entire pods of pilot whales and dolphins is also genetically disastrous. It takes away the genetic variation for the species as a whole, leaving them more susceptible to mutations and inbreeding diseases. Furthermore, due to immense ocean pollution, whale meat is highly contaminated with mercury as it biomagnifies through the food chain. Even though it is a traditional food source, the pilot whale meat is now poisoning the Faroese population, particularly those most vulnerable like children and pregnant women.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Make a statement:
The Faroe Islands second largest source of income is tourism, yet when looking through their website, social media, and marketing, you'll notice hardly any mention of the Grindadrap.
We are asking you to make a statement on your social media, informing your following about the horrific acts going on in the Faroe Islands. Tag their official tourism account by writing "Don't #VisitFaroeIslands. Don't @visitfaroeislands" so others can see, too. As a collective can put pressure on the Faroese tourism industry and government and demand that the Grindadrap is stopped.
E-mail the government:
The Faroe Islands culture is already intrinsically linked to nature and the landscape. They have beautiful fjords and a vast amount of ocean surrounding them. The switch to an ecotourism-based economy from a whaling economy would not be a hard one. Through ecotourism, the connection between human and animal can be restored through non-abusive measures while still empowering local communities to contribute to their local economies. Through educational and adventurous experiences, tourists from far and wide are drawn to a country for simply viewing or experiencing their natural resources in an unobtrusive way. Examples of how this is possible can be seen around the world. An industry that is going to continue to thrive on whaling practices is an outdated one.
We are living in a time where marine conservation not only is in great peril, but supports all life on earth. Ecotourism strives to help out local community members as well as encourage travelers to experience the Faroese culture, and this is something we hope you are interested in promoting, instead of encouraging the world to visit a place who thrives off of the senseless slaughter of whales and dolphins.