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Operation Sleppid Grindini 2015:
Defending Dolphins in the Faroe Islands

As many as 1,000 long-finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faroe Islands each year. The slaughter occurs mainly during the summer months in so-called “traditional” communal drive hunts that locals refer to as "grindadráp" or simply, “the grind”. More accurately this practice should be called what it truly is - mass slaughter.

Sea Shepherd has been leading the opposition against the slaughter of small cetaceans in the Faroe Islands for decades, actively opposing the grinds since 1985. Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson led campaigns to the Faroes in 1985, 1986, 2000, 2011 and 2014.

The Sam Simon. Photo: Iraultza DariasThe Sam Simon. Photo: Iraultza DariasAs always, we measure our effectiveness by the number of lives we save. During 2011’s Operation Ferocious Isles, not a single pilot whale was killed while Sea Shepherd patrolled the islands. During Operation Grindstop 2014, 35 pilot whales were slaughtered. While the slaughter of any is too many, this figure marks a dramatic reduction to the more than 1,300 dolphins who lost their lives during the same period in 2013, and shows the significant impact that Sea Shepherd has had in protecting these magnificent creatures.

As we return to the Faroes for Operation Sleppid Grindini 2015, our goal remains the same: bring the grind to a grinding halt. Led by the Sea Shepherd ships the Bob Barker,Sam Simon, and Brigitte Bardot, and supported by our dedicated land team, the campaign will encompass conducting investigations and documentation, providing education and local outreach, and spreading awareness through global media. Just as we have shone an international spotlight on the cruel and now infamous drive hunt of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, we will expose the horrors of the grinds in the “Taiji of the North,” applying more global pressure than ever before to end the bloodshed.

The Bob Barker. Photo: Simon AgerThe Bob Barker. Photo: Simon Ager

 The Brigitte Bardot. Photo: Tim WattersThe Brigitte Bardot. Photo: Tim Watters

 

Pilot whales photo courtesy Chris Walter - www.chriswalter-photography.co.uk

 
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