STOP THE GRIND.
The world has watched in horror as the Faroe Islands government continues to allow thousands of pilot whales and dolphins to be massacred brutally and senselessly in the Grindadráp hunts. Now is the time for change. We are calling on the Faroe Islands' government to do the right thing and ban this outdated and cruel practice. Stand with us and be part of the global movement.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
We are a global coalition of organisations and individuals working together towards a simple mission: To end the inhumane and unnecessary killing of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) in the Faroe Islands.
If you feel passionately about this issue and want to do something about it, please join our campaign to #STOPTHEGRIND. Every voice counts!
WHAT IS THE GRIND?
Every year in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago which is a protectorate of the kingdom of Denmark situated just 230 miles north-west of mainland Scotland - around 1150 small cetaceans, primarily long-finned pilot whales and Atlantic white-sided dolphins are massacred in drive hunts called ‘grindadráp’ (Faroese for the killing of pilot whales).
The grindadráp (or ‘grind’ as the hunts are commonly called) has no season, so hunts can happen at any time of the year at any one of the 26 designated killing bays around the Islands. The grind has no hunting quota and therefore no limits, with the grind foremen of each district almost always authorising a hunt when a pod is spotted near the coastline - unless the weather or sea conditions are too hazardous for their powerboats and jet skis.
An average of 1150 pilot whales and other dolphins are killed every year over the past 40 years in the Faroe Islands.
2023 (as of September): 856 long finned pilot whales, 5 white-sided dolphins
2022: 326 long finned pilot whales, 6 bottlenose whales, 98 bottlenose dolphins
2021: 667 long finned pilot whales, 1428 Atlantic white sided dolphins
2020: 539 long finned pilot whales, 35 Atlantic white sided dolphins, 11 northern bottlenose whales
2019: 682 long finned pilot whales, 8 Atlantic white sided dolphins
2018: 625 pilot whales, 255 Atlantic white sided dolphins, one bottlenose dolphin
2017: 1203 pilot whales, 488 Atlantic white sided dolphins
THE LATEST FROM US
The latest news and updates from our campaign and our coalition members
FROM OUR BLOG
FROM OUR MEMBERS
Leo's Animal Planet: Save the Dolphins & Pilot whales in Faroe Islands: Stop the Grind
Chris Packham: COP 26 Question TIme
Dominic Dyer: Protest outside of the Danish Embassy
Debate in the British Parliament on the Hunting of Dolphins and Whales in the Faroe Islands - 11 July 2022