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Operation Sleppid Grindini

Sea Shepherd’s Pilot Whale Defense Campaign in the Faroe Islands

Each year the grind threatens the lives of hundreds of pilot whales and other dolphins...

Pilot whaleEntire pods of these magnificent animals are brutally and senselessly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands. Like the infamous drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, the grind is a blood-red stain on these otherwise pristine waters.

Sea Shepherd, the leading direct-action marine conservation organization in the world, has led the opposition to the grind since the 1980s. This year, Sea Shepherd volunteers will descend on the “Ferocious Isles” - patrolling land and sea. We will stand strong in our mission: bring the grind to a grinding halt.

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Operation Sleppid Grindini
Faroe Islands 2015

This June, Sea Shepherd returns to the Faroe Islands, led by our strongest at-sea presence in the region to date.

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Sea Shepherd prepares legal proceedings against Denmark
In the wake of the second Grind of the year, where 120 Pilot whales were slaughtered in Hvannasund, on the island of Viðoy, Sea Shepherd has begun to reveal their legal proceedings against the Kingdom of Denmark. “Pilot whaling is illegal. It is...
In the Name of Tradition?
For hundreds of years the people of the Danish Faroe Islands have been herding migrating Pilot whales and other small cetaceans into shallow water and slaughtering them. This slaughter is called 'grindadráp' or 'grind'. The Faroe Islands have been ...
Shocking Photos of Faroese Footballers Participating in Whale Slaughter
Images have circulated online revealing footballers Páll Klettskarð and Sørmundur Kalsø as participants in last Wednesday’s slaughter of pilot whales in Hvannasund. Both play for Ki Klaksvik, both have played in international matches represent...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Bloody Fjords - Faroe Islands 2016. WARNING. GRAPHIC.
Following-on from the success of its 2015 Pilot Whale Defense Campaign, Sea Shepherd Global announces Operation Bloody Fjords; a new operation targeting the bloody slaughter of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. Operation Bloody Fjords heralds a ne...
A Call To Denmark: StandUp for the Pilot Whales
On Wednesday November 18 2015, Sea Shepherd representatives will present their position on the grindadráp to Danish parliament. On the even of the presentation, Sea Shepherd crewmember and Danish citizen, Lukas Erichsen, calls on the citizen’s o...
#StandUp250 Belgium - Christophe Bondue
"We're just here ... to try to save lives." Christophe is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July 20. Their 'crime'? Defending pilot whales from slaughter. For more information on how you can #StandUp250 for the pil...
#StandUp250 Germany - Tom Strerath
"I want the whole world to focus their eyes on this slaughter ... and I want to end this." Tom is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July 20. Their 'crime'? Defending pilot whales from slaughter. For more informatio...
#StandUp250 United States - Susan Larsen
"Ultimately the victims in this situation are the pilot whales, and this is a temporary inconvenience for me. But once those pilot whales are killed, that's the end. There's no bringing them back." Susan is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested ...
#StandUp250 Italy - Marianna Baldo
“In the same way that they think they …. have they right to kill these animals, that are wild animals, I have exactly the same right to save them.” Marianna is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July 20. Their...
#StandUp250 Corsica (France) - Xavier Figarella
"They asked me, 'do you want cuffs' and I said 'Yes, it's better.' Because inside it was like an explosion.” Xavier is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July 20. Their 'crime'? Defending pilot whales from slaught...
#standup250 Luxembourg - Kevin Schiltz
“When I got arrested, I just wanted to run to the water and stop this massacre.” Kevin is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July 20. Their 'crime'? Defending pilot whales from slaughter. For more information ...
Denmark's Shame
The slaughter of cetaceans is outlawed throughout the European Union, including Denmark, in accordance with Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). However, in the Faroe Islands...
The Trial Begins
Video update from Tórshavn court this morning as five Sea Shepherd crewmembers stand trial for StandingUp for the pilot whales of the Faroe Islands. Take action: http://www.standup250.org/take-action/
A Voice For Justice
On August 4, five Sea Shepherd volunteers were put on trial in a Danish court for their efforts to save pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. Four days later, they were convicted and sentenced to pay large fines or spend time in jail. This was the stat...
Radio Recording From The Bridge Of The Sam Simon
A Grind Has Been Called In The Faroe Islands The pilot whales are reportedly 40 meters from the killing of Sandavágur. This call is from Tórshavn marine radio, announcing the grind. More updates to come.
#standup250 Italy - Alice Rusconi Bodin
"What really scares me is seeing something unfair, unjust, and doing nothing to change it". Alice is one of 14 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July. For more information on how you can #StandUp250 for the pilot whales of...
#StandUp250 United States - Frances Holtman
"I would like to see the (Faroese) leave the grind in the history books." Frances is one of 14 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July. For more information on how you can #StandUp250 for the pilot whales of the Faroe Islan...
#StandUp250 United Kingdom - Lawrie Thompson
"In Scotland we used to kill whales exactly the same way... the last recorded grind (in Scotland) was in 1910 ... If they stopped it in 1910 I'm sure the Faroese can stop it in 2015." Lawrie is one of 14 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faro...
#StandUp250 Netherlands - Rudy De Kieviet
"Every law that is designed to protect people killing and to repress people that are showing compassion... is a law that I don't recognize." Rudy is one of 14 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July. For more information on...
#StandUp250 Germany - Tobias Boehm
"If they want to criminalize me for doing something good, I'm fine with that". Tobias is one of 14 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since July. For more information on how you can #StandUp250 for the pilot whales of the Faroe I...
12 Defendants, One Movement. Warning Graphic Footage.
“We were one small boat and five bodies against 500 people on the beach and 50 boats pushing … but there’s no reason not to fight.” On August 12, 61 pilot whales were slaughtered on the killing beach of Sandavágur in the Faroe Islands. Wit...
A Fierce Defense
On August 12 2015, an Atlantic Airways helicopter spotted a large pod of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. The whales were hunted and driven into the killing beach of Sandavágur. A Sea Shepherd small boat fiercely defended the whales against the v...
#StandUp250 South Africa - Rosie Kunneke
"Calling something a tradition doesn't make it right. I grew up in the tradition of apartheid and we begged the world to come and help us; to get rid of that ugliness." Rosie is one of 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested in the Faroe Islands since J...