As you may or may not know, a while back I wrote a blog post called Whale Killings In The Faroe Islands. I never thought it was something I’d write about and I definitely didn’t think I’d follow up on it, but as anyone who knows me (or reads my blog) is aware, I seldom pass up the opportunity to call out people when they’re wrong, ignorant, or just plain stupid, and did I read a lot of stupid today. Now, I’m sure a lot of anti-whaling individuals mean well, but every movement has its “Westboro Baptist Church” or “Al-Qaeda”, and it’s those people I’d like to address with this post. Reading through some of the comments, I am astonished at what’s being said, often to well-meaning individuals who try to present factual information in a polite and easily accessible manner. “Barbarians”, “morons”, “murderers”, and “sick” are just some of the words used to describe the Faroese people, simply because they manage to kill their own food, and one of their food sources happens to be free-roaming, non-threatened pilot whales. Allow me to demonstrate. Pictures and names have been removed (albeit very badly, don’t judge me) because I’m respectful, even if they’re not.
Really? They kill animals for food, and you draw the conclusion that they’re all murderous individuals with desires to kill their own families? That escalated quickly.
No we don’t, but surely being able to kill you own meat is something to be respected not ridiculed! If two people are going to eat, say, a cow, surely the one who manages to kill the cow themselves have earned the right to eat meat more than one who must get others to do it for them!
“Barbarians” hunt food? I don’t see how being unable to face exactly what killing an animal is, makes you better than someone who can kill their own food. Ever seen the inside of a slaughter house? Now that is *truly* barbaric.
“Every” tool? A knife is used to sever their spinal cord. There’s your “tools”.
Clubs? What on earth is this nonsense?
What on earth does that giraffe have to do with anything? It’s two completely different scenarios. However, if you’re interested in reading my opinion on the Marius The Giraffe incident here’s the link:
This person seems to fail to grasp a very basic concept: most humans don’t feel the same way about animals as they do human beings. While the Faroese have great respect for the animals used for food, they are essentially food and will be killed. Unlike other countries, however, they aren’t killed in horrific ways and in front of each other, but rather individually and quickly. Sometimes children attend. Why? So they can be taught to do the same one day, killing their own food, and doing it swiftly, effectively, and with the least stress to the animals as possible. Faroese people are very concerned about the welfare of their animals right up until after they are dead!
Calling a young woman, who very calmly and eloquently explained what happens with the whales during a grind, an imbecile or liar is sadly not uncommon on pages about whale killing. I guess name calling is what they have to resort to when they can’t argue with facts.
You talk about cutting open another human being, yet Faroese people are the “barbarians” and “psychopaths”? Nice.
This was just one the stupid ones that was too funny to pass up. I don’t think it needs any further explanation.
Name calling, and a wish for the Faroese to starve with the world doing nothing to help. Well, if that’s your hope, I’ve got great news for you: millions of people are starving (an estimated 842 million people struggle with hunger daily) as I’m typing this, and the world is just watching on without doing much to help. so if we were to starve the scenario you’re describing is probably what would play out. Lucky you.
The Faroese DO treat animals with love and respect, but to most people in the world animals are still considered food. While they are alive, however, Faroese animals have some of the best living conditions in the world, and they are slaughtered in ways inconceivable in most other countries due to the sheer care that is taken to ensure the animals don’t experience any preventable suffering
I kept this guy’s name visible, because it was nice to see that there are people who understand what’s going on in the world!
Who determines which animals are food and which animals aren’t food? Cats and dogs are food in certain countries. It’s social conditioning.
Nice to see someone has a logical mind. Of course, this person was Faroese.
These were just a few examples out of literally hundreds. As you can see, the internet is full of misinformed people, but not only that: these people call the Faroese barbaric, murderous individuals, whilst simultaneously wishing for them to starve, to be cut open, calling them morons, imbeciles, liars, and making up theories about how they’d probably kill their own families if they got the chance. Furthermore, whale killing gets compared to something as tragic as the holocaust. The systematic mass torture and mass murder of Jews is being compared to killing whales for meat. Who are the true imbeciles? Who are the true heartless barbarians? I’ll let you decide for yourselves.
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