Pamela Anderson Saving Faroe Islands Pilot Whales

By: Mike Fossum - August 3, 2014

Actress Pamela Anderson, along with a handful of other celebrities, are joining roughly 500 volunteers on the Faroe Islands in the remote North Atlantic, in an attempt to stop the mass slaughter of pilot whales.

“Operation GrindStop” was initiated to save more than 1,000 pilot whales, which are among the largest members of the dolphin family. Locally, the culling of the whales is known as a “grind.” Famed ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem and sailor Florence Arthaud, both from France, are joining the campaign founded by the environmental group Sea Shepherd.

In a practice which Sea Shepherd refers to as being a “brutal and archaic mass slaughter,” Faroe Islands fishermen herd the cetaceans into a bay using flotillas, and then hack them to death with hooks and knives. Many locals defend the hunt as being their cultural right.

Here is a graphic clip of a Faroe Islands grind in 2013:

Anti-grind campaigners suggest that while there was once a need for Faroe Islanders to hunt the whales for food, that need no longer exists.

Former Baywatch star Anderson commented, “This is not for survival. There are very few things that happen like this that are so brutal. We have to put this behind us and move on, and let the whales swim freely. And I think it’s much more important for us in the future to save our oceans and the biodiversity of our oceans that the whales are very important to.”

In related Faroe Islands news, back in November of last year, a putrefied whale carcass that washed ashore exploded in a biologist’s face, as he attempted to cut into the 45-foot mass of dead meat.

Here is the rather graphic clip:

Incidentally, the Faroe Islands are an island group and archipelago under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The total area of the remote land is approximately 540 square miles.

The islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948, and have taken control over most domestic matters over the years. Still, like with most protectorates, Denmark handles military defense, policing, justice, currency and foreign affairs.

Here is an excellent documentary on the Faroe islands:

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  • Nancy

    How brutal! Please save these loving beautiful creatures. How archaic! There’s enough food to go around. You don’t have to practice this brutal painful death for these innocent creatures. Go to a store!

    • Michael Bolton

      Nancy, do you have leather shoes??

    • Connie Savino

      yes what Nancy said.. please save all these beautiful sea life.. and Dogs and cats and all the animals that are abused… in Jesus’s name we all prayer amen. thank you pam for caring so much amen.

    • Jonas Larsson

      Yeah, the store gets all the food from Disney World and no animal or environment is hurting. Great idea Nancy! Brilliant… sarcasm hint hint

  • Nuh

    Just another example of ethnocentric bias against another country for using whales as cattle the way Hindus would greatly oppose the use of beef in American culture. I wonder if they taste as great as they look?

    • Digital.Gods

      First of all, cows are domesticated and not on any endangered list, and unfortunately, there is not enough data to say what the pilot whale numbers are; however considering just about all the other fish species out there have declining populations, it might be prudent to assume the pilot whale populations are declining as well. Once we wipe out a species, there’s no getting it back, and the cow is in no such danger.

      • Jonas Larsson

        Facts are no friend of yours. No they are not endangered and that is a fact. The estimated population is 128.000 – Reproduction rate 3840 – 800 killed a year in Faroese waters. You do the math!

        • Digital.Gods

          Reading comprehension is no friend of yours. I didn’t say they were endangered; I said what I said, so maybe you should read it again.

  • Bacon Overlord

    That’s weird.. she used to be all about “the grind” in the past. That’s sad that she’s growing up.