Stop the Cruel Dolphin and Whale Hunts in the Faroe Islands

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Update: On July 9th, tourists aboard a British cruise ship in the Tórshavn harbour witnessed a horrific sight — the slaughter of 78 pilot whales, bringing the total killed to over 800 in 2023 alone. This gruesome event has sparked international outrage. Today, Only One is joining the #DontVisitFaroe movement — a global effort to urge travellers to reconsider their trips to the Faroe Islands until the cruel Grindadráp hunt is stopped. Learn more and join the campaign by following @DontVisitFaroeIslands on social media and downloading assets to share from the Campaign Toolkit.

In a slow, cruel hunt that even seasoned whalers have deemed unethical, an entire super pod of at least 1,428 white-sided dolphins was killed on the 12th of September on the shores of the Faroe Islands.

The massive pod was driven by a coordinated fleet of boats and jet skis onto the beach after which the dolphins were killed one by one. The panicked dolphins, including pregnant females and calves, were involved in a hunt that lasted several hours and is said to have extended over more than 45 kilometers before they were left to suffocate on land as the vastly outnumbered whalers struggled to kill them all. The horrific event that took place on September 12th was one of the largest single massacres in the island’s history, drawing the total number of cetaceans killed this year to 2,043.


The Faroe Islands are known for their annual pilot whale hunt, a tradition called the Grindadráp or sometimes referred to as “The Grind.” The practice has been called into question by locals and health experts after decades of research have revealed the health consequences of consuming dolphin and pilot whale meat. Mercury levels within marine animals containing higher levels of stored fat have been rising over the decades, leading to a number of health consequences—particularly for the development of children. According to health experts, people who consume whale or dolphin meat increase their risk of hypertension, diabetes, and even Parkinson’s disease.

Not only is this hunt horrifically cruel, but in a time when the climate crisis is pushing global temperatures to new records, pollution is saturating the ocean, and overfishing continues to deplete the populations of many species, we cannot allow these kinds of practices to continue, as they diminish the ability of the ocean to support biodiversity, maintain ecological balance, and deliver vital ecosystem services. There is a limit to our ocean’s abundance, and we are getting dangerously close to it. Slaughtering more than 1,400 dolphins after allowing them to suffer crosses a line in the ethical treatment of our planet’s wildlife and threatens the reputation of a community that shares a deep-seated connection with the sea.

Add your voice and ask the Faroese Prime Minister Askel V. Johannesen to stop the reckless slaughter of dolphins and whales in the Faroe Islands.
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Shevaun M

It is a horrible practice and should be banned immediately.

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Sharon B

This horrific, barbaric, gruesome, cruel hunt needs to STOP/END now! Countries need to step up and let the Faroe Islands know this will not be tolerat…

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Susan B

This is a barbaric practice that has no place in today's world. These creatures are already threatened by pollution, shipping lanes, climate change an…

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Marian C

we have to save the dolphins

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John D

Barbaric practise carried out by very sick minded people

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Jannah F

there is a circle of life we need to respect and it breaks my heart that people are so cruel to animals

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Mariana C

animals are not to be treated like this

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Rose M

I enjoy watching these lovely friendly animals

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Midnyte T

this needs to end and humans are ruining out world and its very sad a d i hate to see this

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Kaite S

that made me cry

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Jennings S

cause dolphins are cute and innocent

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Elizabeth R

we need to protect wildlife from harm, all over the world.

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Gina B

im signing to end this and other cruel things being done to all animals i hope and want to see this cruelty stop now and forever

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Elijah P

we cannot do this anymore look at those poor animals and i mean just look at that water.

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Makayla M

I believe in animal rights

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Cali M

Because this needs to stop…

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Tracey B

i want all wildlife protected

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Stormy B

it's horrible and absolutely unbelievable and unacceptable. I'm praying we succeed

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Liat A

this is a disgrace to us all. why keep letting this happen. ban this before they become endargered.

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Faith R

i am signing because it is so inhumane to hunt and kiil any animal.

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Patricia C

This is exploiting our sea life that is dwelling with global warming.

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Jennifer P

thisnis simply wrong. It must stop.

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Chelsea F

this is cruel

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Joy L

the oceans are dying and this is not right this is inhumane!!

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Dottie H

this is cruel !

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