Dolphin killing in Denmark!

8 July 2010 - 4:45am 2 Comments

Originally posted on His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s personal blog, the email below relates to the killing of dolphins in Denmark every year where such an act is viewed as a rite of passage into adulthood for young men.

I received an email recently from a special friend and I would like to share with everyone. This email reminded me about post on, A King of the Oceans Brought To Its Knees, Incredible!

Dear Rinpoche,

This would interest you greatly and hurt you greatly too as it does me. Maybe the little we do in our lives towards these harmless creatures would help bring awareness to those who simply have lost their way.

Much respect and love,
A Friend

This is hypocrisy of the West in its foulest form. The media is full of reports on the Japanese whaling crime. But what the Danish are doing here is more atrocious, more abominable, and more abhorable. Yet, nothing has been reported in any media of this heinous crime against helpless creatures.

Please pass this on.

Please keep this mail going around the world…

Please send this on, this is serious cruelty.

The pictures and captions below are extracted from a friend’s email.

The sea is stained in red and it is not because of the climate effects of nature. It’s because of the cruelty of civilised human beings who kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.

This happens every year in the Faroe Islands in Denmark . In this slaughter the main participants are young teens.


A celebration, to show that they are adults and mature!

In this big celebration, everyone is participating in one way or another, killing or looking at the cruelty, supporting as a spectator.

Is it necessary to mention that the Calderon dolphin, like all other species of dolphins, is near extinction. These gentle dolphins even go near humans to play and interact, for PURE friendship

The dolphins don’t die instantly; instead they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with sharp, thick hooks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim cry like that of a new born child. There’s no compassion while this magnificent creature slowly dies in its own blood.

It’s enough!

Please share this and send it around the world so that many more people will know about these shameful acts.

Take care of the world, it is your home!



Liaison Sharon Saw has kindly provided additional information below. Thank you so much Sharon.

It’s also crazy that National Geographic Traveler has voted the Faroe Islands as the best island destination in the world in a survey of 111 island communities.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing territory under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and own flag. The current prime minister of Denmark is Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Please write to him to protest.

Please send a politely worded letter to the Faroese government and (copy it to the Danish Foreign Ministry) to express your concerns about this hunt. The addresses are provided below. Please make the time to mail a letter, or send a fax, as it has more impact than an email.

Office of the Faroese Government

Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen
Prime Minister
Post Box 64
FR 110
Faroe Islands

Tel: +298 306000
Fax: +298 306015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

2, Asiatisk Plads
DK-1448 Copenhagen K

Tel: +45 33 92 00 00
Fax: +45 32 54 05 33

For more information, read the below:

Whales are sensitive, social animals with highly developed nervous systems. They have a profound capacity to suffer distress, terror and pain. Each year, the Faroese kill pilot whales and other small cetaceans.

Islanders in motorboats first drive the whales into a bay. The chase may be lengthy. The exhausted, terrified and confused whales are eventually driven into the shallows. Here the bloodbath begins. The islanders repeatedly hammer 2.2 kg metal gaffs into the living flesh of each whale until the hooks hold. A 15 cm knife is then used to slash through the blubber and flesh to the spinal column. Next the main blood vessels are severed. The blood-stained bay is soon filled with horribly mutilated and dying whales.

The Faroese celebrate the butchery of their victims in a carnival atmosphere of entertainment. Indoctrinated from an early age, children are often given a day off school to watch the fun. They run down to the bay and clamber over the carcasses of slaughtered whales.

Every year around 2,000 whales are driven ashore and cruelly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands, mid-way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. For centuries the Faroe Islanders have hunted pilot whales, driving entire schools into killing bays, where they are speared or gaffed from boats, dragged ashore and butchered with knives. Although the Islands are a protectorate of Denmark, they have their own Government and regulations governing the pilot whale hunt or “grind” as it is known.

Aside from the fact that the number of North Atlantic long-finned pilot whales is unknown and they are listed as ‘strictly protected’ by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, this is an act of barbarism and pointlessness. By slaughtering 100 whales at a time, the Faroese are wiping out entire pods and family groups. They are removing building blocks from the gene pool of the species and damaging the web of life in the North Atlantic and the North Sea.

The drive hunt is a practice abandoned elsewhere many decades ago, and now outlawed by other European states. The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have no subsistence need for whale meat, and much of the flesh is left to rot and be dumped; it cannot be exported, as it is polluted with heavy metals and other toxins and therefore cannot meet EU heath standards for human food.

According to Faroese legislation it is also permitted to hunt certain species of small cetaceans other than pilot whales. These include: Bottlenose dolphin; Atlantic white-beaked dolphin; Atlantic white-sided dolphin; and Harbour porpoise (There are also specific regulations for the hunting of harbour porpoise. Harbour porpoises are killed with shotguns).

2 Responses to Dolphin killing in Denmark!

  1. I live in West and didn´t know about the killing of Dolphins at the Faroe Islands undtil I come to read about it in this blog and come to find some encouraging and important information from “Human Society International” showing it´s possible to make a change:

    In the end of the link Human Society International encourage to take action by giving this advice:


    There is currently a coalition of NGO’s working hard on a solution. If you would like to take action against the hunt, you can write to the Faroese government and tourist board and explain your concerns and why you think it should be stopped, mentioning the reasons above (beside the inhumanity in killing more reasons good to know are mentioned). Be advised that angry letters are counterproductive, so please stay conscious of that when writing your letter.”

    There are more adresses and e-mailadresses in the link to.

    I also whish to add a BEAUTIFUL VIDEO about what Dolphins can teach us = what we can learn from Dolphins: with a link included about the Dolphin hunt in Japan many know about

  2. I always motivated by you, your thoughts and attitude, again, appreciate for this nice post.

    - Thomas