Whale Ware Faeroe Islands
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Entertainment, Film/TV.
Photo: Sea Shepherd/Animal Planet

Since it was announced last July as in development, we haven’t heard much regarding Animal Planet’s new “Whale Wars” spinoff focused on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s work in the Faeroe Islands. The network appeared to prep the series as not only an expansion of the highly successful franchise, but also as a contingency in case the Japanese whaling fleet did not return to the Southern Ocean this year.

We all know how that turned out.

With a “Whale Wars” season five now in the works, I imagine this spinoff will launch soon; and if a recent email exchange is to be believed, Animal Planet is already testing the pilot. (Update: A rep for the network has confirmed they are testing early screenings.)

“If this premiere episode is reflective of what the entire season is going to be like, it is going to be a very entertaining and engaging program,” writes one person who claims to have seen the pilot episode after taking part in a television survey. “There are so many elements at work here, not the least of which is the fact that the Sea Shepherd crew is no longer taking on something impersonal (Japanese whaling ships).  They’re taking on people who rely on pilot whales for their main food source, and have done so for centuries.  You can just imagine the kind of confrontations that are going to take place.  I’ll also throw in the fact that this is not Paul Watson’s first visit to the Faroe Islands and the residents know what he’s all about.”

“I’m REALLY excited to see this series and how things unfold,” the source added.  “There is no clear right or wrong side — you can make an argument for either side.  But best of all, the Sea Shepherd crew has no idea what it’s up against and it’ll be interesting to see how they handle it.”

While Animal Planet has yet to set a date for the show’s premiere, a rep did say an announcement would be forthcoming sometime within “the next couple weeks.”

“The episode I watched really lays it all out and sets the stage for what promises to be an intense series,” our source said. “You just have to watch and let it hit you.”

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Anonymous

    FYI: People in the Faroe Islands do not rely on pilot whale meat as their primary source of food. In fact, Faroese doctors have advised people to avoid consuming whale meat due health risks of contamination from toxic chemicals and metals found in the whale meat.

    The #1 export of the Faroe Islands is food (ie: fish).

    Mountain grazing sheep provide up to 60% of the locally produced meat.

    The pilot whale hunts are opportunistic and done merely because it has always been done — that and those sick individuals who participate simple enjoy killing the animals so much they don’t want to stop.

    • docsavage

      on point.

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      Sick, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marius-Høgnesen/690234048 Marius Høgnesen

    I will get really mad if sea shepherd and animal Planet gets the facts wrong.

    **that and those sick individuals who participate simple enjoy killing the animals so much they don’t want to stop.**

    what is wrong with you? calling us sick just because we kill animals, just like the rest of the world dose,
    The only difference is that every one can sign up, when a flock of pilots whales swim on the beaches. And cause it’s not *normal* in other country’s

    people should think about what they are calling us, murders, sadistic killers, saying that we should all be killed/raped/nuked and what not.

    People that live in modern society have been away from nature to long, that they have forgotten about the sight of an animal being killed… shit, i guess they would have to go to a Psychiatrist if they say an animal being disassemble.

    • Anonymous

      There is no economic or nutritional need to kill pilot whales in the Faroe Islands.

      The “driving” or herding of the animals into the shallows where they have no chance of escape — animals that do not fight — is not sport.

      The doctors of the Faroe Islands have advised people to stop eating the animals due to toxic contamination.

      So, why is it that so many people rush to the scene of a Grindarap just to participate?

      The answer is, they love it. They enjoy killing those helpless animals with their own hands.

      The participants enjoy jamming hooks into the cornered animals’ airways and dragging them ashore to cut into their necks and spines, and spill their blood.

      They love the killing and the bloody carnage and it is a sickness of the mind to love such senseless slaughter.

      • anti whaler

        animux, the answer is not, that the people love killing animals!
        the answer is FREE FOOD! thats the only reason why the whales are killed.
        the way you describe it makes you sound like a psyco.
        it is no worse then youre slaughterhouses: http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=/watch%3Fv%3DTHIODWTqx5E

        are you vegan?

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps it is possible that some participate in the “opportunistic” slaughter in order to enjoy a “free lunch”.

        However, that does not change the fact that Faroese doctors have repeatedly advised people to stop eating pilot whales due to health risks — the meat is contaminated.

        Also, despite all of the problems inherent to slaughterhouses (which are protested quite often by many activists — perhaps more so than the Faroes — convenient that you left this detail out), the slaughter of pilot whales is not an economic endeavor.

        In short, there is no economic or nutritional need to kill pilot whales. And there is definitely no need for a crowd of people to wade into the shallows to personally slaughter the pilot whales with their own hands like giddy little murderers.

        60% of the meat produced in the Faroes comes from domestically raised sheep. So, why don’t crowds of Faroese people herd the sheep against a fence in order to personally slit the throats of the animals in a bloody mess?

      • Molly Isaac

        because the islands are so remote and the cold weather isn’t suitable for many other outdoor sports . not only is it a free lunch.. it’s a lunch that has provided hours of free family fun and entertainment.

      • Molly Isaac

        Vegan ? To be fair Anti whaler should also direct that question to any Faroese pro whaler because I can guarantee that in addition to “free” toxic food, there is a high demand in the Faroe Islands for imported factory-farmed beef, pork and chicken,which is regularily consumed.

        So in other words ” your slaughterhouses” should read “our” slaughterhouses. The Faroese swing BOTH ways

      • Molly Isaac

        Also, anti-whaler ,if that bloody,archaic circus slaughter is just for the sake of free food , may I suggest a new, hassle-free ,peaceful concept ? It’s called a food bank.

    • docsavage

      if you commit genocide against an intelligent, albeit different, race of sea going sentient beings then yes you are unaware of the context of your actions. there is however and in support of some you insights a modern day denial of the atrocities we commit against our own existence by decimating our own planet, our home and our fellow coinhabitants. it is time for us to explore these difficult contradictions and find solutions that are not necessarily rooted in our ego’s and addiction to technology and money. the faroese seem a proud people with a unique heritage but it’s time for you to grow and evolve and set an example by recognizing the cetaceans being slaughtered are a mirror to us. we need you to join the ranks of people that collectively want to save the planet and sort out how we find alignment with the fact that being human does mean we eat other creatures. me included though i don’t eat anything caught from the sea anymore because i want to reduce my impact.it’s a very complex but imperitive rubick’s cube we all must solve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenmeister-Drumington/100001989266183 Lenmeister Drumington

    I would love to visit the Faroe Islands some day and taste some pilot whale. I bet they have some delicious ways to cook it! Also I think it would be a great way to demonstrate my opposition to the sea shepherd hatred cult and those who support them.

    I wish prosperity to the Faroe Islands and long may the grinds continue!

    • Molly Isaac

      Interesting… opposition to Sea Shepherd “cult” by showing support for Faroese “cult”ure …

      Hahaha ..Great. I’m sure your comment will be instrumental at maintaining the status quo, namely high “Whale Wars” viewership.. ..

      And Regarding “Prosperity”

      May the toxic grindabyffur ,sold next to the sushi and imported shrimp in the frozen fish section at the upscale supermarket in Torshavn be labelled with health warnings before neurological and cardiovascular disorders afflict even more victims of Faroese Gov’t negligence !

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenmeister-Drumington/100001989266183 Lenmeister Drumington

        How many Faroese have been afflicted by neurological and cardiovascular disorders from eating pilot whale so far? Do you have a link to support your claim?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1133025134 Lucy Flywheel

    The Japanese society is very polite and gentle while the Faroe Islands people are white and fighters. Not hard to figure out how this will end.

    The Sea Shepherd sheep are going to get their buts kicked.

    • Molly Isaac

      Faroese people are what ? Big dislike for your inciteful racist comment

  • http://www.facebook.com/HankMelville Hank Ahab Melville

    perhaps AP is finally finding out that the aquatic version of the Keystone Cops is fading. Lizard Productions editors won emmy’s because it takes a lot of hard work to make these imbeciles look even slightly competent.

    I love how they keep the “captains” open mouthed dull stares in the finished product, it’s his best pose. And of course the teacher turned “bosuns mate” who tried to drive across rocks with a propeller. That was priceless.

    When do we get to see them dump their corrosive smelly acid from the helicopter?
    Cheers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HankMelville Hank Ahab Melville

    “Molly Isaac – Interesting… opposition to Sea Shepherd “cult” by showing support for Faroese “cult”ure”

    It seems Molly is either clueless as to what constitutes a cult, or she’s one of the cult members and was ordered by her God Wat$on to do battle with the naysayers.

    What say ye, Molly, be ye a pirate? Arrrr?

    • Molly Isaac

      Ahhh, my commentary on poor Mr Drumington’s fantasy of opposing said “cult” by sampling food “cult”ure.

      To risk poisoning one’s mind in order to demonstrate one’s opposition is potentially insane and defeats the purpose .

      This is why there are health warnings posted below his remarks…

      More health conscientious than pirate-like , matey

  • http://www.facebook.com/HankMelville Hank Ahab Melville

    “Animux – those sick individuals who participate simply enjoy killing the animals so much they don’t want to stop.”

    It seems you have a great deal of hate, Mr. Mux. or is it Ms. Mux? Face it, man is a part of the circle of life, we REQUIRE animal protein to function well. Or we must supplement with “natural” supplements that grow on supplement trees.

    Man is not a circle of life observer, man is a participant. or rather, the sane ones are.

    • Anonymous

      The people of the Faroe Islands do not require animal protein from pilot whales. As previously pointed out, the main export of the Faroes is food (fish) and 60% of the domestically produced meat comes from sheep.

      However, Faroese doctors have also agreed that the people do not need pilot whale meat and have gone so far as to recommend that they avoid consuming pilot whale meat. This health safety recommendation was made because pilot whales in the Faroes are heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals and metals.

      The hunts are opportunistic, and the participants kill those whales simply for the enjoyment of killing with their own hands — truly sick individuals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HankMelville Hank Ahab Melville

    “docsavage – if you commit genocide against an intelligent, albeit different, race of sea going sentient beings then yes you are unaware of the context of your actions.”

    My, we make a boatload of assumptions, Doc. Are you really a doc, or do you just like to sound important.

    I ask ya, would intelligent sentient beings who glide effortlessly thru the water bump into slow moving non-maneuvering vessels? Would intelligent sentient beings being corralled by netting, beings who can jump meters out of the water, swim aimlessly along the top of a net that only goes DOWN, not up and out of the water? Would intelligent sentient beings fall for the same herding techniques over and over and over? Why don’t these intelligent sentient beings spread the word that certain areas are dangerous and encourage their friends and family to go elsewhere?

    I don’t see intelligent nor even sentient, I see playful animals with sentience like a cow or a lamb, but less intelligent than a pig or horse.

    • Molly Isaac

      ok

      “I don’t see intelligent nor even sentient”
      Neither do I, Hank, especially when it comes to humans…

      Millions of slow (or fast)moving sentient humans are hit by non manuevering vehicles every year resulting in serious injury or death.

      Several millions of sentient humans have repeatedly killed each other in the name of peace and righteousness over the centuries in an activity they call war.

      “Would intelligent sentient beings fall for the same herding techniques over and over and over?”

      Yes, thousands of innocent ,panick stricken civilians have been rounded-up, tortured and killed by armed militia in war torn areas of 3rd world countries over and over again. Despite the history and knowledge of these massacres for decades now, militant extremists and government backed forces continue to successfully slaughter innocent,unarmed citizens.

      Oh, and regarding dolphin drives..

      “Why don’t these intelligent sentient beings spread the word that certain areas are dangerous and encourage their friends and family to go elsewhere?”

      Because there are no “survivors” to spread the word when entire pods of dolphins are slaughtered at a time.

  • Molly Isaac

    Better you should read more literature on the subject. The Faroese Government IGNORED the health advisory issued by it’s own chief medical officers in 2008 which declared pilotwhale meat unfit for human consumption.

    Dolphins and/or pilotwhales are not recreational fish btw. They are top predatory marine mammals which are contaminated by much higer levels of industrial pollutants than fish .

  • Anonymous

    As previously pointed out, there is no economic or nutritional need to slaughter these animals in masses. Doctors in the Faroes even advise people not to eat the meat.

    Therefore, those who participate in the killing (ie: not all of the Faroese people) do so for the fun of it. They enjoy killing helpless animals with their own hands so much, they refuse to stop.

    Love of senseless slaughter and torture of animals is a sign of mental illness.

  • Anonymous

    The argument is quite clear.

    There is no economic or nutritional need to kill pilot whales and the meat of the animals is unfit for human consumption.

    People who continue torture and kill masses of animals for nothing more than personal gratification are clearly mentally ill.

    • romika3

      Show me the data that supports your thesis that the people of the Faroe Islands harvest pilot whales for personal gratification and that they are mentally ill. This this the kind of argument that subscribers of the SSCS and followers of Watson constantly use. I hold no water….

      • Anonymous

        The proof is in the reality of the situation, which you seem unwilling to accept.

        There is no economic or nutritional need to kill pilot whales and it is unsafe to consume pilot whale meat and blubber according to Faroese doctors.

        I’ve been repeatedly told that there is no religious ceremony involved in Grindarap.

        So why do they do it? It’s quite simple — they do it because they love killing those animals.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395074347 Nicolai Gottlieb Stoff

        I can only agree with your comment that you hold no water !!!You are a dry old coward and a unintelligent whaling supporter with a sad life !!There is a lot of evidence showing that the Faroese doesn’t need the whale meat to survive and that they are stockpilling it (a simple calculation shows it, there is 49000 inhabitants on the faroese islands and it’s not everybody who eats the meat (maybe 2/3 of the population =32340),last year they killed almost 1200 whales,one whale weights approx 2 ton out of that there is approx 1000 Kg of meat, 1200 x 1000 = 1200000 Kg =1200 Tons of meat, the recommended amount Pr. person is 800 G Pr. month,32340 x 800 x12 =310464 Kg of meat Pr. year!!)

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      “People who continue to torture and kill masses of animals for nothing more than personal gratification are clearly mentally ill.”

      Okay, seriously, what the fuck, just what the fuck. That’s out of line.

  • Anonymous

    The health warning (in case anyone was wondering…)

    “chief medical officers Pál Weihe and Høgni Debes Joensen announced that pilot whale meat and blubber contains too much mercury, PCBs and DDT derivatives to be safe for human consumption.”

    “The work has revealed damage to fetal neural development, high blood pressure, and impaired immunity in children, as well as increased rates of Parkinson’s disease, circulatory problems and possibly infertility in adults. The Faroes data renewed concerns about low-level mercury exposures elsewhere.”

    • romika3

      I believe this quote came from a anti whaling source…. Read this “The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory for certain species of fish from Lake Worth, due to contamination by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and by the insecticides aldrin and dieldrin. The new advisory replaces a 2000 advisory that warned against consuming all species of fish from the lake. The new advisory lists only blue catfish, channel catfish and smallmouth buffalo.” sound familiar? I can post thousands examples of health advisories regarding marine and freshwater species. Don’t use health advisories to justify your demonization of the people of the Faroe Islands and the making of money off their backs…..

      • Anonymous

        The participants in the mindless slaughter of pilot whales for personal enjoyment are perfectly cast in the image of their actions.

        As for health advisories, it is merely one more logical reason to stop killing pilot whales — Faroese doctors (hardly a biased group) recommend against it.

        Unfortunately, sick people obsessed with slaughter for their own enjoyment are unlikely to heed the warnings and continue to place themselves and others at risk by encouraging the continuation of this bloody unnecessary and horrible tradition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marius-Høgnesen/690234048 Marius Høgnesen

    i was talking about AnimuX calling us sick, not about us getting sick, sry

    what i meant when i say’d that i hoped that Sea Shepherd and animal planet get the facts right, was that they wouldn’t make up stories and stick to the truth.

    English is my 3 language, so i guess i get some words wrong, like in pod and flock.

    Yes all type’s whale can swim onto beaches by them self
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16675613

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marius-Høgnesen/690234048 Marius Høgnesen

    it has some thing to do with the heat of the sea(global warming), and it food source comes closer at land,
    but its also random from year to year

    we have recording of all the pods that have beached/killed back to the year 1584,

    http://www.heimabeiti.fo/default.asp?menu=97
    look under Grindayvirlit 1584 – 2010

  • Poulaz

    claire, english is not their first or second language, so if they call it a flock instead of a pod, you should be more understanding.
    the difference between killing wild animals and raised livestock is that the wild animal has had a great life, the raised one has been thrue hell!!! and please tell me, do raised animals not have feelings, dont they feel pain, does a calf not love his mother the cow, or are whales the only animals with feelings???
    my point is, an animal is an animal. They all have feelings, weather its a chicken raised to die or a whale living in the free. You can not make a whale holy and say “who cares about chickens or cows” thats pathetic!

    • Molly Isaac

      Difference between slaughter of chicken or cow is that entire herds or flocks of these animals or birds are not inhumanely rounded-up, disoriented and chased relentlessly by noisy vehicles all the way to the doors of a slaughter house where they ,hooked , roped and dragged in to be massacred en masse while bystanders cheer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395074347 Nicolai Gottlieb Stoff

    the Pilot whale is described as Data Deficient by UICN so nobody knows how many there are left!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395074347 Nicolai Gottlieb Stoff

    Get your facts straight Romika the Pilot whales are listed as Data Deficient by UICN which means that it’s not known how many there is left (it can be 10.000 or 100.00 NOBODY KNOWS) the amount of cod on the coast of east Canada is depleted due to overfishing by the fishermen there, the Japanese ARE hunting (and killing) endangered whale species (Sei, Fin and Minke whales from the J stock which are in danger of being extinct !!!)

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      Really, Nicolai, REALLY? Since you read the IUCN Red List listing, you would already know that the number is around 750,000 and the Faroese kill less than 1,000 a year. That IS sustainable, and the IUCN themselves even say so.

      And the Japanese only kill one or two endangered whales per year, out of populations in the tens of thousands. So while it sounds shocking on the face of it, it’s perfectly sustainable.

  • Anonymous

    Incorrect. Faroe Islanders are not dependent on pilot whale meat for food.

    The fact is, the top export from the Faroe Islands is food (fish) and 60% of the meat produced domestically comes from sheep.

    Not to mention the fact that Faroese doctors have repeatedly advised people to stop eating pilot whale meat due to toxic contamination from marine pollution.

    There is absolutely no economic or nutritional need to kill pilot whales in the Faroe Islands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenmeister-Drumington/100001989266183 Lenmeister Drumington

      Who appointed you to speak for the Faroe islanders?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395074347 Nicolai Gottlieb Stoff

        Who appointed YOU to speak for the Faroese ??? What Animux is writing is the pure facts and not fiction like the stuff you post !!

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        “What Animux is writing is the pure facts and not fiction like the stuff you post !!”

        LMFAO!

      • Guest

        That’s the reality of the situation.

  • Molly Isaac

    ” Regarding the ‘spin off’ series. SSCS was in the Faroe Islands this past summer and there was no harvest as the people did not want to get tangled up in another SSCS circus”

    I agree 100% with this one sentence from your comment.

    The Faroese Tourist Association made it pubicly clear in early July of 2011 that if SSCS and Animal Planet could obtain footage of the grind , it would be detrimental to the Faroe Islands’ international reputation as well as adversly affect the Faroese tourist industry. The Assosciation strongly advised that no grind take place .

    Which is the reason that not one dolphin or pilotwhale was slaughtered during the period that Sea Shepherd was patrolling off Faroese shores. .. also the reason SSCS can rightfully claim that they were successful in preventing any grind from taking place while they were there… which further proves a very peaceful and successful SSCS “conservation” effort on behalf on preserving the lives of pilotwhales .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marius-Høgnesen/690234048 Marius Høgnesen

    yes its *free* (except that you need to buy the knife/ropes/hook, rent a car if you don’t have a pickup when its a big pod) but its very hard work, cutting those whales takes hours, around 3-20 hours(depending on the size of the pod), when your saying *Hard work* do you mean by getting pay’d by a company that you work for? working a job for 8 or 12 hours?
    If its *Free* it isn’t hard work, its just opportunism??
    And by Honest Living. Not to killing an animal? feel good about the Mooney you have *earned* and by not being greedy?
    Is it Greed and Opportunism if a person plant’s potatoes for his own use? just because he didn’t pay for it?(except the potato seeds)

    if you where in our situation, you would do the same, do you know, that the faroe Island is the most expensive country in Europe to live in? that’s a fact
    and yet, more people die of smoking cigarette than dying from mercury poisoning, (no one have died/sick of mercury in the faroe island)

    • Molly Isaac

      The pilotwhale meat at the Miklagardur,Torshavn supermarket sells for dkk 89.95/kg . .

      Cummulative low-level mercury exposure won’t kill you, just your brain cells.

      “if you where in our situation, you would do the same, do you know, that the faroe Island is the most expensive country in Europe to live in…”

      If I couldn’t afford food, I’d go back to school, look for a better job or go to a shelter or food bank- No point in punishing myself by eating poisonous toxic meat

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenmeister-Drumington/100001989266183 Lenmeister Drumington

        Doesn’t the tuna sold on supermarket shelves in North America and other parts of the world contain mercury also? Do the authorities in those countries want the brain cells of their citizens to die also?

      • Molly Isaac

        All fish contain mercury and other industrial contaminants. The concentration varies and guidelines for safe consumption are published by government agencies.(in N.America FDA, Health Canada) But the highest ,over the benchmark,unsafe levels of methylmercury and pcbs are consistantly found in top predatory marine mammals,including dolphins. A mix of other neurotoxic and carcinogenic POPs and heavy metals (chromium, cadmium etc ) present in dolphins, are also of concern.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marius-Høgnesen/690234048 Marius Høgnesen

    and when exactly have we tried to hide the sight of the *slaughterer*
    the only thing that will happen when Sea Shepherd and Animal Planet comes to the faroe island is that they will be put in to jail, cause its illegal to disturb the hunt.

    Dagmar, you have been brain washed if you think killing animals is inhumane….
    But disgusting, that’s just something one needs to get used to.
    and its not called babies..

  • Anonymous

    Curious that you mention the “middle class” because the standard of living in the Faroes is quite good and much like other modern Western nations.

    There are no poor starving Faroese people dependent on ‘opportunistic’ pilot whale hunts.

  • Molly Isaac

    “There are no shelters and food banks in the Faroe Islands”

    There are some limited services available to women ,families , the disabled and homeless , especially in Torshavn. But there should be many more if the reality is that “all” people ,including “the poor” on smaller ,more isolated islands are entitled to basic needs… namely food , water and shelter.

    ” Highly contaminated meat “that was declared “unfit for human consumption” by highly respected Faroese government health officials years ago (2008) ,is not and should not be considered “food”.- unless of course the Faroese government considers the poor as “2nd class citizens” and undeserving of consideration or regulated protection in regards to their health. Does the government just not care ?

    Could this be why there are not ,at the very least, government restrictions (as there are for cigarette and alcohol consumption) for the most vulnerable to the effects of dangerous neurotoxins – young Faroese children and juveniles ?

  • Molly Isaac

    No,not at all. Many individuals and organizations find the practice of dolphin drives or grindadrap cruel and repulsive.

    But your response clearly indicates that you would prefer the description:
    gentle ,humane ,euthanization for scientific research purposes . LOL

  • Molly Isaac

    “its free food”

    How do you say “unfit for human consumption” in Faroese ?

  • Molly Isaac

    I’ll make this brief -Government “For ” the people,elected by the people is a government comprised of elected officials who’se interests should be to protect the health and well-being of all citizens,- not self-serving politicians who are more concerned about being re-elected and therefore avoid the prospect of making necessary, but unpopular decisions on behalf of their constituents.

    The present government sanctioned recommendations that youth and young children can safely consume contaminated meat that is “unfit for human consumption” once a month or so, is as ludicrous and irresponsible as recommending they drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes a few times a year .

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      “The present government sanctioned recommendations that youth and young children can safely consume contaminated meat that is “unfit for human consumption” once a month or so, is as ludicrous and irresponsible as recommending they drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes once a month.”

      It’s just once a month.

      Also, try telling that to the French.

  • Molly Isaac

    It was ignored. In other words ,not adopted. Further ,the advisory has had little to no impact on government health recommendations ,which were only slightly modified a full four years later.

    In western societies, serious government health advisories or recommendations do not allow us the option of continuing the consumption of highly poisonous ,contaminated food products. They are (immediately) removed from store shelves and/or banned.

  • Molly Isaac

    I agree “looks like” , as per a government health recommendation that virtually ignores the findings of current international scientific research, including that of Faroese medical health officers’ cohort studies following an unprecedented 23 year-old reserach program which came to the conclusion that pilotwhale meat is unfit for human consumption.

    And although the fact that “cumulative” exposure to such high levels of methylmercury and pcbs typically found in pilotwhale and other dolphin meat is extremely dangerous to human health, consuming these toxins as often as once a month, as per the latest Faroese government recommendation, further compounds the health risks by way of the (longer) 35-45 day half-life of methylmercury ,and the 10 year half life of pcbs in the human body.

    Not surprising though, when overall ,in spite of extensive international scientific research that proved cigarette smoking dangerous to human health, it took governments decades ,after the fact, to acknowledge and finally legally address underage smoking and to legislate health warnings on packages of cigarettes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001412431157 Joseph DeMartino Jr.

    Uh, wow. a 40 year old radio recording. yup, that’s relevant today.

    BTW, whats with the third-person speak?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001412431157 Joseph DeMartino Jr.

    You completely ignored what he said. He just said what they’re doing is not sustainable. they could be the nicest people in the world, but if they’re driving something extinct, they’re still driving it extinct!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001412431157 Joseph DeMartino Jr.

    Have you even read said book?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001412431157 Joseph DeMartino Jr.

    So your admitting they’re in danger, but still think we should keep trying the tactics that don’t do anything? lobbying hasn’t done shit for the cod or the bluefin tuna. Sea Shepherd? they’ve saved a couple hundred tuna already. That’s more then lobbying has.

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      Sea Shepherd didn’t save any tuna whatsoever. All they did was release a few hundred tuna from a perfectly legal aquaculture operation.

      Operation Blue Rage was an epic fail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001412431157 Joseph DeMartino Jr.

    so, because an fish is poisonus as well, they should keep eating the whale?

    …what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395074347 Nicolai Gottlieb Stoff

    the study was finished and delivered to the Faroese LÁGTING in 2008 NOT 2011 !! Pál Wiehe restated (and updated) the study last year and made it public at a conference in Copenhagen this year!! (January) So please get your facts straight before making a complete fool out of yourself (memory loss is a sign of Methyl Mercury poisoning BTW)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395074347 Nicolai Gottlieb Stoff

    I’m VERY objective and I’m also able to read (and understand) scientific research papers stating the pure facts about the toxicity of the whale meat (a thing YOU obviously isn’t able to do) I haven’t a deep and irrational hate for everything that have to do with the Faroese Islands (in fact there is only TWO things I dislike about that place #1 their insane and inhumane whale hunt and #2 that they get a lot of money every year from Denmark which could be used much better elsewhere !!) And to the remark about how the animals are treated in Denmark I’m also VERY engaged in the protests about that so again to sum it up YOU my little Faroese boy are AGAIN making an ass out of yourself!!!And BTW how do you know where I live or doesn’t live?? (Are you also a sick little stalker??)

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      @Nicolai:
      “I’m VERY objective”
      No way. But you’re fucking hilarious; I’ll give you that much.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    I don’t know which would be funnier, that the admins let a juvenile troll parade around the site using Mr. Watson’s name, or if the real Watson is such a turd himself.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    Really, they “will” get sick?

    After some 400 years of eating whale, you figure they’re just finally going to get sick any time now?

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    What. The. Fuck.

    Even assuming if someone works for the ICR, how does that override the verifiable facts of what they’re saying?

    You’re just posturing, and I’ve seen 12-year-olds do a less transparent job of it.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    You might have a point of Watson was very obviously engaging in storytelling as such. He doesn’t. He passes off everything he says and does as genuine, which is not mythology at all. Fraud is more like it.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    “There is nothing sustainable about this slaughter”

    BZZT!! Wrong! 850 whales out of a population of more than half a million is perfectly sustainable.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    Pál Weihe still eats the stuff himself.

    Because it’s bad-for-you-like-smoking, not bad-for-you-like-asbestos.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    “This community” has been eating that “dangerous food” for 400 years without serious ill effect, so keep dreaming.

  • Darrens

    As I sit here and watch whale wars for the first time I see same old same old animal rights activist distorting the truth and making up false facts and wondering why no one respects them . As an american hunter I’ve seen these same tactics used with failure time and time again and when these groups see no one is listening to them because were to busy grilling our steaks they resort to unlawful tactics that leads to violence almost everytime then claim they were the ones assulted the other thing that always cracks me up is they show up to these protest wearing leather belts and shoes and purses do they know how many cows had to die to make that stuff . They know nothing about conservation or how populations of animals and fish need to be kept in check to remain healthy and thrive and in order to do that certain numbers must be harvested not to metion how many people harvesting these animals feed all around the world they would like people to think were all just brutal killers who just kill for the thrill and leave the carcass to rot. I don’t know about the rest of the world but here in america they have pretty much lost the war no one wants to hear there nonsense and hunter harsment laws have been put in place I wish you all luckon your whale harvest as for me its spring here in the states ill be going turkey hunting