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Friday, July 22, 2011
FAIR BALANCED UNAFRAID
Diver at dumping site
Diver with pilot whale skull
Pilot whale skull
UPDATE: We would refer commenter MJW, who quotes the Bern Convention exceptions by the Kingdom of Denmark, to this photo and perhaps he may be able to suggest to all of us a use for this 'meat'. To NAUTICAL LOG it looks very much like a slaughtered pilot whale and fetus. One can find an excuse for just about anything - but would one really want too?
Many times at NAUTICAL LOG we criticise the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) so when they do something important we should also recognise that too. Noticeably in the last couple of years the negative actions have been mostly conducted under the orders of 'Wats-his-name'. When left to their own decision-making the young guns of SSCS seem to do better. According to the latest SSCS report this is one of those occasions.
Currently the RV Brigitte Bardot is in the Faeroe Islands covering the slaughter of pilot whales which is conducted each season and called the "grind ". For some time people outside of the Faeroe Islands have been wondering where did all the dead pilot whales end up - now we know. The dumping ground, which the locals deny, has been found to be a crevice between Vestmanna and Leynar. In addition to the carcasses it is used for both household refuse and industrial waste all of which has been videoed and recorded. This is due to the divers of SSCS going down some 20 metres into the crevice and documenting what they saw - it was not good. The skull was returned to the crevice after on board videos had been made. Since pilot whales are listed in the European Union as a threatened species it would have been illegal to bring a skull in as evidence. This is something ignored by the Kingdom of Denmark in the case of the Danish Faeroe Islands. They are part of the Kingdom of Denmark though not legally part of the European Union of which Denmark is a Member.
Please remember our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.