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#1 JimG

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:00 AM

When will these people become human beings?

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 08:41 AM

Jim, as most human beings kill animals for meat for food, I think that statement is unfairly harsh on the Faroese.
More to the point is in 2008, less than 12 cetaceans were killed. The Faroese know about the contaminants in the whale meat, and that their health is being affected by what is in the whale meat. Their own Ministry of Health announced the meat wasn't fit for consumption. There is evidence the Faroese stopped the grindadráp that year mainly for health reasons. They decided to resume in 2009, ostensibly because some idiotic organization decided to claim their campaign worked and the Faroese buckled to international pressure. Nothing like goading to get the nationalist spirit moving. I doubt they even consume the meat because their population is suffering from the effects of high Mercury, PCB and other contaminants. Whether they are right or wrong, they see it as part of their culture.

The ironic thing about the Faroes whale hunt (or grindadráp) is that the international outrage is more muted than that of the Taiji hunts. The Faroese hunt is no less brutal and in fact takes more pilot whales than Taiji dolphins. Only one movie was ever made of the grindadráp and it was an animated movie waaayyy back in '89. If the activists cannot remove this bias, it'd be a hard sell to take them seriously by any government entity. It merely galvanizes the nationalist feeling, thus continuing the cycle of killing for tradition.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 10:43 PM

I think it will be difficult to get the permit to film this?

Now that they no longer eat the meat, they are just killing for show of? :) :)

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 12:53 AM

Actually the Faroese don't have many restrictions for people shooting this. They are proud of their traditions. I doubt anyone likes to be told what to do, especially if they feel the person doing the preaching is no better than them.

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#5 JimG

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:28 AM

Hi Drew. I think we will just have to disagree. Yes they don't eat the meat - or very little - and most is chucked away. It is just ritualistic slaughter in the most inhumane fashion and that is what I find objectionable.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 11:00 AM

The entire Faroe's population is going to be sequenced soon. We will then discover what mutation or genome rearrangement may explain this barbarian behavior. Joke apart, as long as a small isolated population has only itself to judge its acts, there is a high risk that it will drift into some aberrant direction (up to the point it becomes detrimental to its survival, although even this might not be sufficient to stop a suicidal attitude... think non-renewable resources plundering... by the entire world). I am of the opinion that the voice of reason should be made heard and loudly at that. Saying: that's their right (or tradition, or whatever) as an excuse to not do anything is a recipe for disaster... at home.
A documentary with interviews of participants to try and understand the "values" of these people would be a very good idea.

Edited by uwxplorer, 25 November 2011 - 11:13 AM.


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Posted 26 November 2011 - 02:35 PM

Well there are too many barbaric practises under the guise of 'traditions' in the world, we have a few of those idiots here in the UK... Well I hope the inbred idiots choke on the contaminated meat...

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:27 PM

Killing for the FUN of it......go figure!