Sunday, August 14, 2011

Eco-Warriors Join Whalers' Festival

Olav the Holy is the patron saint of the Faroe Islands.
Credited with bringing Christianity there, he's remembered every July 29th.with the Olai Festival - a colourful national event drawing people to Tórshavn from all over the islands. It's also led to some confusion among anti-whalers, who wrongly believe the festival is a blood-lust celebration of pilot whale killing (or grindadráp).
However, as Sea Shepherd was on-location on their mission to end the Faroes "grind", the crew took the time to raise awareness. They drove a van, adorned in gruesome whaling images, in the local parade while blaring the cries of whale victims. The brutal whale slaughter continues to be justified in the FI as cultural tradition, so the crew felt it was an appropriate time to honour the lives of the slain pilot whales. Eventually, the local mayor saw the bystanders, local press and Animal Planet’s film crew, and immediately phoned police who forced SS to move away.
scenes from the Olai Festival

When the van was first brought to the islands (without any identifying images on the sides), Customs confiscated seven of eight acoustic devices inside. To have identified the van, they were most likely tipped off by a local informant. The remaining device has since been deployed to deter whales from entering local killing bays.
It seems media exposure is still one of the strongest threats against FI and thus SS's continued weapon of choice. The majority of Faroese that SS have met over recent weeks avidly support the massacres, and made it clear that SS was not welcome. However, aside from the occasional dirty look or angry remark, there was little confrontation...it's hoped this level of common sense will prevail, and eventually lead to a calmer rational wind-down and eventual end to the grindadráp. Am I too optimistic?
PS: 11 Aug.2011 - Yes, I evidently was! SS has tried to book several venues in FI to address the islanders...only to have their reservations mysteriously cancelled. So much for friendly dialogue.

2 comments:

BigMac said...

“Anders was probably inspired by the butchers of the faeroes” quote Paul Watson.

Anders = the Norwegian man Anders Breivik who shot and murdered 68 peoples, mostly teenagers on the little island Utoya and who bombed a govermentbuilding in Oslo killing 8 people.

Friendly dialogue???

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150245350926786&set=o.196409023732786&type=1&theater

That’s was it, enough is enough. Watson has burned all the bridges behind him and have by that disgusting expressions just excluded himself from any dialogue with any normal thinking person from faroe islands. He is not normal that man and you as his supporter should really really look in to yourself and stop fuelling such extreme fanatic hate speech.

Writer Of The Purple Sage... said...

Hi, Big Mac!
"...you as his supporter should really really look in to yourself and stop fuelling such extreme fanatic hate speech."
Surely you aren't holding me personally responsible for Paul Watson's actions? If that was the case, I'd have an extremely strong case against YOU PERSONALLY in the World Court, for animal cruelty!
If you want to ignore him, and ignore the fact that the majority of the civilised world thinks the grind is barbarically cruel, by all means do so. But that will not stop the negative publicity it generates.