posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 06:01 PM
It's Sickening! Especially now that we know how intelligent and compassionate these animals are. Dolphins are also slaughtered in what appears to be
a mindless, blood-thirsty frenzy.
At first, as a degree-holding cultural anthropologist, I thought Faeroe Island's "rite of passage" dolphin-slaughters, which initiate boys into
manhood (many cultures around the world still practice various culturally important 'rites of passage" rituals); the practice is so deeply
ingrained, culturally important and necessary on so many levels to that particular indigenous, island culture; really, who are we to judge them and
force them to change their indigenous ways; something that has been way over-done by ignorant westerners, globally, throughout history, which has
ultimately demolished indigenous cultures and life-ways, just because most westerners don't fully understand them, yet they stand in judgement and
force unwanted and unnecessary change. My 1st position was to not support my friend's movement to stop this practice in favor of preserving cultural
diversity and uniqueness, even if most don't fully understand various practices and the meanings behind them.
Numbers-wise, a rite of passage ritual killing, while to us is horrific, does far less damage to global dolphin populations than say, commercial
fishing does. For that reason, I felt that your campaign; targeting a small, indigenous Island population that uses the meat for much needed,
difficult to obtain on islands, (even today).... protein. I felt that his targeting Faeroe Islanders was mis-directed. Albeit less visibly gory,
commercial fishing does far more damage to generally non-edible marine populations that inadvertently get caught in nets and traps.
But now, seeing the results of Monday's mindless whale-slaughter, with the gutting out of baby whales from their mothers for what appears to be no
good reason and then, leaving them to rot on the beach, (not used for protein) is nothing less than disgusting.
This new whale slaughter information, combined with the article citing a 2008 ban on whale meat for Faeroe Islanders, has changed my perspective on
this obscene practice, which is why I have posted this information to inform the masses.
I'm guessing that Faeroe Islanders want to maintain secrecy because whale meat consumption has been banned for two years; not to mention fallout from
The Cove release and subsequent global outcry.