Operation Grindstop 2014

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

Each year the grind claims 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 each year. Similar to the infamous drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, the grind stains the Faroes as the “Taiji of the North.”

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


Real Men Don't Whale

Clive Standen, star of History Channel's "Vikings" speaks out against the continued barbaric slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands.

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Operation GrindStop 2014: Message to Sam Simon from Pamela and Crew in the Faroe Islands
Pamela Anderson visits the Faroe Islands to support Sea Shepherd and gives a shout out to fellow Sea Shepherd supporter, Sam Simon.
Operation GrindStop 2014: Sea Shepherd Helps Pilot Whales Back Out to Sea
On Wednesday, July 30th, Sea Shepherd spotted and escorted a pod of pilot whales away from the Faroe Island shores. To help with Operation GrindStop 2014: http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/support-us/donate.html To learn more visit: http://www.seash...
Operation Grindstop 2014: Introducing the On-Shore Crew
On-shore volunteers Ellen and Maxime describe the roles of the Operation Grindstop on-shore team. Patrolling the beaches and looking out from the hills, our crew is vigilant and determined to ensure no pilot whales fall victim to a grind. To learn ...
Operation GrindStop 2014: Onshore Command Change
Meet Rosie Kunneke, Coordinator for Sea Shepherd South Africa. Rosie is taking over command of the ground crew of Operation GrindStop 2014 from Scott West. Five years ago, Rosie stepped out of the corporate financial world and into the role of animal...
Land Before Water: Operation GrindStop's Journey to the Faroe Islands
Operation GrindStop 2014 fast boat teams are out patrolling every day in the Faroe Islands, keeping watch for whales and ready to intervene in the event of a grind. What did it take to get them there? Take a look at our journey from Paris to Torsha...
Press conference announcing Operation GrindStop 2014
June 17, 2014 - Torshavn, Faroe Islands -
Pamela Anderson Press Conference for Operation Grindstop
August 1st, 2014 - Pamela Anderson press conference in support of Sea Shepherd's Operation Grindstop
Operation GrindStop 2014: Volunteer Voices
Hundreds of dedicated volunteers from more than 30 nations. They're in the Faroe Islands this summer for one reason. To defend whales and dolphins from the grind - outdated, brutal, ritualistic mass murders on nearly two dozen killing beaches. Why ar...
Three Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested for saving dolphins GLOBAL
(Intermittent audio) September 17, 2014 - Three Sea Shepherd crewmembers were arrested by the Danish police after saving a large pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins, a protected species. After a chase, the Sea Shepherd vessel, "Spitfire" was board...
Operation Grindstop 2014: 14 Crew Arrested During Grind
During Operation Grindstop, Sea Shepherd was on constant patrol protecting Pilot Whales from brutal slaughter in the Faroe Islands. Only one grind was carried out during Sea Shepherd’s campaign, and our volunteers stood fast to the bitter end. Magg...
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...
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: 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 ...
Operation Bloody Fjords: Sea Shepherd Prepares Legal Proceedings
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...