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Danish Police arrest Sea Shepherd team trying to stop Faroe Island dophin slaughter


Fourteen activists from the hardline animal rights group Sea Shepherd, including an Australian, were arrested in Denmark’s Faroe Islands while trying to halt a dolphin "hunt".

Rather than a "hunt", the animals were help captive and were callously slaughtered without escape. They were arrested on the island of Sandoy while attempting to save a pod of 33 pilot whales — members of the dolphin family — which were being driven toward shore to be slaughtered. Islanders drive pilot whales and other dolphins into shallow bays, where the animals are butchered to the cheers of locals watching from shore. This is justified coldly as "tradition"!

Among them was Krystal Keynes, from Western Australia.

Faroese whalers support the atrocity of mass killings of whales by claiming that whaling in the Faroes stretches back to the earliest Norse settlements more than 1,000 years ago, and hunts date to at least the 16th century. The method of slaughter involves the whales being forced into a bay by flotillas of small boats before being hacked to death with hooks and knives! Many locals defend the hunt as a cultural right, but animal rights campaigners have denounced it as a "brutal and archaic mass slaughter".

Sea Shepherd has denounced the hunt as brutal and archaic, and this year brought celebrities to the North Atlantic islands to cast a spotlight on the practice.

A tradition of atrocities does not justify them! Back in the past, animals were thought to have no value as they were soul-less. Our understanding of animal physiology and ecology has made us wiser and more knowledgeable in the 21st century.

Dog fighting, bear baiting, slavery, child prostitution and sending children down the mines are no longer part of Western culture because these practices offend our morals. However, in this case, sensitivities, empathy, awareness and morals have been brushed aside, and the activists - the whistle-blowers - have been arrested - for the cause of preserving "tradition"! What other Norse atrocities do the Danish continue to cherish because they were done in the past?

Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has criticised Danish authorities over the arrests of 14 anti-whaling activists, including an Australian, in the North Atlantic. He generously donated one of three inflatable boats used by Krystal Keynes and other Sea Shepherd members to try to save a pod of 33 pilot whales being driven toward hunters on the Faroe island of Sandoy.

Other well-known supporters of the campaign include renowned ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem and former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson.

“Many Danes continue to argue that Denmark is not a whaling nation,” says Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson. “The actions of the Danish Navy and the Danish police demonstrate that Denmark is very much a whaling nation".

18th Century Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Sometimes evil proceeds anyway, because of hardened and cruel hearts!

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The annual dolphin hunt at the cove in Taiji, Japan, began on Monday. For the next six months, hundreds of dolphins will be rounded up and killed, their meat sold in stores and restaurants in Japan and other countries. This atrocity is not matched by demand for the meat. Butchered dolphins are becoming scarcer on the Japanese market, which is good not only for the dolphins but for public health.
Seven published studies have found dangerously high concentrations of mercury, a neurotoxin that damages human brain development and the nervous system, in all nine dolphin species. The main source of marine mercury pollution: coal-burning power plants and other heavy industries.
Mercury is the second most toxic poison in the world, second only to plutonium. Mercury attacks the brain and the nervous system, causing horrible damage to eyesight, hearing, and motor-skills, as well as interfering with memory and thought processes leading to dementia. It further attacks fetuses in pregnant women, causing terrible life-long brain damage. Mercury kills.
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