End the dolphin grind
To Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Bárður á Steig Nielsen:
As citizens from around the world, we are deeply saddened by the recent dolphin 'Grind' -- a feeling shared by over half the Faroese people. Together, we think these hunts should be banned. While we respect cultural traditions, the world is changing, and all our cultures have to evolve. We call on you to immediately place a full moratorium on these hunts while you commission a rigorous science-based assessment, with the sincere hope and conviction that they should be ended for good.
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But this year was different.
Over 1,400 dolphins were driven onto the beach and slaughtered one by one. Terrified dolphins thrashed around as pregnant mothers and calves were also killed. Many suffocated on the sand. Days later another 53 pilot whales were killed.
Dolphins are one of the earth's most intelligent species. They have memories and call each other by name. They understand joy... and grief. Imagine the terror they faced in that bloody cove.
These brutal hunts must end.
Over half the islands' citizens want dolphin hunts to stop, and after huge public outrage, the Prime Minister pledged to review the hunt's regulations -- but now there's real danger of a weak, phony review. We can't let that happen. With a million voices, we'd force this back on to the agenda, and put massive new pressure on the Prime Minister. Sign before the next hunt happens.