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A whale of a time in the Faroes

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

‘Have a good holiday, Camilla. Don’t kill any whales.’ That’s not the normal goodbye I get when leaving the office, but then I’m not normally off to the Faroe Islands. The country isn’t that far from the UK — in fact, we’re the nearest neighbour, with Scotland 200 miles to the south. But it’s not somewhere people know much about. If they have heard of the Faroe Islands, the one thing they know about is the ‘grindadráp’, or pilot whale-hunt, which supplies newspapers with gory photographs every year.

Although I wouldn’t have been surprised to see whale on the menu (as you do in Norway), I hadn’t expected whaling to play much of a part in my trip. But on our second day, driving along a winding -coastal road, we turned a corner to see a large grey ship anchored in the fjord below, flying what looked like a Russian flag. Around the next we spotted a Danish frigate moored in the town of Vestmanna. Ready for the Russians, perhaps? Wrong. It turns out that my flag identification skills aren’t up to much. The flag was a Dutch flag, and the boat, the MV Sam Simon (named after the co-creator of The Simpsons), in fact belonged to Sea Shepherd, a ‘conservation society’. Every summer they sail a couple of boats to the Faroes with the aim of saving whales from the grindadráp. This year their campaigns resulted in the arrest of five campaigners — ‘the Sandavágur 5’ — and the seizure of three Sea Shepherd boats, one by Police Scotland while it refuelled in the Shetlands.

Killing whales is an emotive subject, and most locals are unwilling to talk about it. The antis, on the other hand, love sharing grisly images on social media. Ever since the islands were first inhabited in around 500 ad, the inhabitants have earned their keep from the sea, and it’s the same today. There’s little else here to make money from. There are sheep, it’s true — twice as many sheep as there are people. The livestock, like the people, must be hardy. On the most inaccessible cliffs, sheep are lowered on ropes at the beginning of the summer, and winched back up and moved to their winter grazing spots come autumn.


Apart from the sheep, it’s mostly about the sea. The islands are dotted with churches — almost all of them wooden, many of them with turf roofs — and each graveyard is testament to the dangers of living here, in the middle of the North Atlantic. ‘Lost at sea’, reads one epitaph. Another, simply ‘Drowned’. On Christmas Eve in 1913, a storm at sea killed many, including the entire male population of one village, Skarð, save for a 70-year-old man and two children. The boat which hangs from the ceiling of the Christianskirkjan church in Klaksvík is one of the few that returned that night.

The Faroes airline Atlantic Airways (with a total of five aircraft) has added an Edinburgh–Tórshavn flight to its summer -schedule, so the islands are now fairly easy to get to. It’s not an ideal summer holiday destination: in July the temperature was around 11˚C, and it was windy and rainy. It’s even wetter than Scotland, raining on an average 300 days a year, so don’t forget your waterproof.

Most people come for the birdwatching. Over the past 60 years, global seabird populations have declined by 70 per cent, but you wouldn’t know it here. On boat trips from Vestmanna you can see the birds as they take their places on the 1,500 foot-high cliffs above you — puffins at the top, razorbills and guillemots further down. Great skuas, storm petrels and gannets are around too, while the national bird, the oystercatcher, is everywhere.

The rocky landscape is dramatic; volcanic stacks emerge straight out of the sea, and look strangely prehistoric. To get the best views, buy a ticket for the domestic helicopter service that ferries locals from island to island, but also carries tourists as long as there’s space. In the air, it hits home how tough it must be to live here — although the population has tripled since the beginning of the 20th century to 48,000 people, so it can’t be all bad. In Viking times it must have been an entirely different proposition. The Saga Museum in Vestmanna (‘the only wax museum in the Faroe Islands’) gives an insight into life in the 11th century — tales of drownings, executions and bloody ghouls.

The Vikings might seem a long way back, but the bleakness of the landscape and the old-fashioned way of life make you feel very far from mainland Europe. The language, Faroese, reminded me of university days struggling to translate the strange runes of Old Norse into English. ‘A cow licked the salt, and out of the salt came a man? That can’t be right…’. Many of the place names come straight out of the sagas, and you can vividly imagine a longboat emerging from the mist.

The Faroes don’t have the geysers of Iceland, nor do they look likely to become a foodie hotspot like Copenhagen. You don’t go there for nightlife (though the receptionist in the Hotel Hafnia did warn us that in Tórshavn, ‘the world’s smallest capital’, things can get pretty rowdy on a Saturday. Well, they are Viking descendents). But the passion for all things Nordic shows no sign of abating, and if you want to be a step ahead, the Faroe Islands are the destination to watch.

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  • Paul Watson

    85% of the Faroese hold Danish passports. It is illegal in the EU to kill whales. The Faroes claim exemption from the EU laws but reap the benefits of EU membership. The Faroese also enjoy the highest per capita income in Europe and thus there is no need to ruthlessly slaughter pilot whales.

    • Jogvan Thomsen

      All Faroese are Danish Non-EU citizens, since the Faroes are not a member of the EU and thus are not bound by any EU laws or regulations, but still a part of the Danish Kingdom or Commonwealth. Danes are Danish EU-Citizens, and Danes mowing to the Faroes automatically loose their EU citizenship and become Danish Non-EU citizens, regardless of the passport they hold. Simple facts relating to the law.
      Switzerland holds the highest per-capita income in Europe, and as for the GDP per Capita, the Faroes rank below the UK (who rank 14th in Europe!).
      The slaughter of Pilot Whales is far less ruthless than the killing of domestic animals in the UK and other European countries.

      • Todd Unctious

        No . Luxembourg has the highest per capita income at £65,000 pp per year. Mainly thanks to acting as the tax haven of choice to major US internet companies .

        • Evy Schaeffer

          Wow, I did not know the internet went that far back, hmmmm, perhaps a fact checking before posting is in order?

          • Todd Unctious

            Now, for once I am lost. What the blinking flip do you mean?

    • Eivind

      Are you saying that because the passport is a Danish EU passport, then all who hold one should follow EU laws before the laws of the country they are currently in? Then I guess that means that anyone who holds a Faroese passport can go to France and kill as many pilot whales as they please, since their passport is Faroese and it is legal to kill them in the Faroe Islands.

    • Magnus Olsen

      Mr. Watson
      You are right. It is illegal to kill whales in the EU.However, the Faroe Islands are not part of EU, though they are part of the Danish Commonwealth. EU laws do not apply in the Faroes, never have and never will. This is the law.

      • Paul Watson

        But Denmark is a part of the EU and 85% of the people in the Faroes enjoy EU benefits and hold Danish passports. We are working on having the courts decide this issue.

        • Magnus Hansen

          You may claim this as often as you like, Mr. Watson. It’s still a lie from you though!

          • Paul Watson

            Again you make an accusation without offering evidence to back it up.

          • Magnus Hansen

            On the contrary Mr. Watson. You are the one with the lies. What about showing me your evidences???

          • Paul Watson

            We have presented out evidence over and over again. Your refusal to look at the evidence is not my fault.

          • Magnus Hansen

            What about presenting the evidence in this debate, Mr. Watson? I have not seen any of your claimed evidence anywhere so far. Still everything from SS regarding Faroe Islands and grind are lies or based on lies. So come on, mr. Watson: EVIDENCE!!!

          • Paul Watson

            Oh evidence we have and evidence is being compiled for a court challenge in the E.U. I think you will also be required to provide evidence in time.

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            You have been talking about that EU courtcase for almost a decade, yet nothing is heard of it except from your own statements. We have our evidence and the EU knows that you are openly disregarding the very exemptions in the EU treathies legalizing our whaling, that you otherwise continually use as “proof”.

          • Magnus Hansen

            If you mean me persinally, Mr. Watson, I really don´t think so. As I told you before, I know the facts. You spread the lies!

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            How about you looking at our evidence? Oh, I forgot, you refuse to do do, because it is all “biased” and “political”! Your every statement has been proven untrue by facts, but you refuse to aknowledge this, because you stand to loose you comfortable lifestyle and the millions you cash in every year because of it.

          • Magnus Hansen

            You´ve got absolutely no evidence whatsoever, Mr. Watson!!!

        • Jogvan Thomsen

          Denmark is part of the EU, that is correct. However the Faroes are not a part of the EU and thus no EU laws, regulations or conventions apply to the Faroes. Denmark has explicit excemptions in all EU regulations, laws and conventions as these pertain to Denmarks responsibilities to its “territories” (the Faroes and Greenland) whom both are not members of the EU.
          Danes living in Denmark are EU citizens, but Danes living in the Faroes or Greenland loose their EU citizenship automatically and simply revert into being Danish non-EU citizens, as stated in the EU laws on the subject.
          The Faroese enjoy EU benefits due to mutual agreements between the Faroes and the EU on the subject, just like many other non-EU countries do.
          Claiming that the Faroese are violating EU laws is the same as claiming that people residing in the EU are breaking Faroese, Chinese or Canadian laws and wanting to persecute them for this.
          Your claims, Sir, are idiotic and irrelevant in the eyes of the law.

          • SSCS4EVER

            According to EU laws it’s ILLEGAL to sell and import whale meat in the EU, therefore every Faroese person who get whalemeat from the Faroese Island while living in Denmark are BREAKING the law!!

          • Magnus Hansen

            Rubbish!. Every faoese citizen is allowed to bring a certain amount of faroese food to Denmark for own consumption.

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            It’s not allowed to bring Whalemeat in the EU. It’s a crime

          • Magnus Hansen

            Check the dabish costom authorities, René!

          • SSCS4EVER

            Magnus lær at skrive Engelsk (manglende sprog færdigheder er en side effekt af kviksølvs forgiftning)

          • Magnus Hansen

            Jeg gider ikke en gang indlade mig på en diskussion med dig, Nicolai Gottlieb. Jeg kender alt for godt til din og dine danske SS kammeraters færdigheder når det gælder ganske almindelig folkeskik, sandfærdigheder og sidst, men absolut ikke mindst, IGNORANCE!

            P.S. sprog færdigheder er ET ord på dansk, nemlig sprogfærdigheder 😉

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            The danish custom authorities don’t care because of EU laws are the higher laws.

          • Magnus Hansen

            René, please don´t expose your ignorance as clearly as you do in this matter. Or should I rather say, please do expose it 😉

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            It’s no ignorance Magnus, it’s EU Law. You should inform yourself

          • Ann Elf

            You can import whale meat into the EU. It is legal providing you gain a permit and pay a tariff. personally I dislike it that whale meat can be brought into the UK, it is important we stick to facts… https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/commodities/0208401000

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            Bullshit. It’s not forbidden to ship it throu Europe but it’s a crime against EU ( humans ) Laws. Check it !!!!! Green week Berlin 2014

          • Ann Elf

            Rene, there is no need to be so hostile. Are you able to hold a rational conversation?

            Let us try! I am from the UK, I have personally spoken with DEFRA about it. It is legal to import whale meat (personal use) if you gain a permit, and pay the tariff. The UK Government link above shows you.

            I have a friend in Germany who has also questioned the German authorities, same law applied there. If you are referring to the commercial SALE of whale meat, then yes this is different. Quite rightly the police confiscated whale meat on sale from a Norwegian (not faroese) vendor and his still was shut down.

            If you do your research you will fins this is all the truth.

          • JBridge

            Answer of German authorities
            Für Nicht-EU-Bürger gibt es die Möglichkeit für den persönlichen Gebrauch eine kleine Menge Grinwalfleisch ohne artenschutzrechtliche Dokumente einzuführen. Allerdings darf dann nur der Einführer, der das Fleisch bei sich führt, dieses verzehren. Die Entscheidung, ob persönlicher Gebrauch vorliegt, trifft der Zöllner an der Einfuhrzollstelle.
            Für Fleisch, das nicht zum eigenen Verbrauch eingeführt werden soll, benötigt man eine Einfuhrgenehmigung (auch wenn die Einfuhr über Dänemark erfolgt). Diese ist vor der beabsichtigten Einfuhr mit einer Kopie der Ausfuhrgenehmigung der zuständigen Behörde der Färöer Inseln beim Bundesamt für Naturschutz mit dem beiliegenden Formular zu beantragen

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            It would be wasted time. Sorry Magnus

          • SSCS4EVER

            yes for OWN consumption, BUT when it’s sold in the Faroese House in Copenhagen,Nyborg and Esbjerg then it’s NOT for OWN consumption and therefore ILLEGAL! And before one of you say that it isn’t correct let me say this, I GOT PICTURES to back up my claim!
            And Jogvan Thomsen if it’s legal how come that both the Norwegian AND the Faroese stall on the biggest food convention in Europe was closed and removed by the health service and police after they was giving out samples of whale meat?

          • Ann Elf

            The food market you speak of was in Berlin, Germany. The store was Norwegian not Faroese.

          • JBridge

            The Norwegian stall had to pay a fine of 1000 € after selling Minke Whale meat for 2€/portion.

            http://de.whales.org/news/2015/02/walfleisch-gruene-woche-konsequenz

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            Den færøske bod blev ikke lukket og ingen bøde blev givet til de færøske arrangører. Som sædvanligt, så er sandheden noget som i SS lakajer aldrig har lært jer at omgås rigtigt. Ingen færøsk repræsentant har nogensinde givet eller solgt hvalkød ved noget arrangement udenfor det danske rige.

          • Magnus Hansen

            Det kan godt være at jeg laver et par slagfejl i mine indlæg eller bruger et forkert ord på engelsk, men selv du forstår meningen med det jeg skriver og det undrer mig ikke så lidt. Pr. definition er i deciple af Paul Watson ignorante, hvilket vil sige I er uimodtagelige for relevant information og fakta. Kør du bare videre, sammen med dine artsfæller. Du skal nok blive til noget stort på et eller andet tidspunkt, men i vores tid bliver det næppe 😉

          • Ann Elf

            I would really like to see those pictures. I did some research on this very same matter. What I was told was that they do not sell whale meet in the cafe, and it is not available for take away either.

            Of course it is possible for anyone to tell you what they like by email, so if you have photographic evidence, this would close down this issue right? You can post pictures here too I think.

          • Magnus Hansen

            Hvad med at bevise dit vrøvl Nikolaj Gottlieb?

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            That is simply not true. Like in every treathy there are exceptions. The Faroese are allowed to bring whalemeat and blubber into the EU, as long as it is not for commercial purposes.

          • Todd Unctious

            You wildlings are all the same. North of the Wall. There be Dragons.

          • Ann Elf

            Actually you can import whale meat into the EU, even if you are not Faroese and the whale is not listed as endangered. For someone to do this they must obtain a permit and pay a tariff. While I am against whale meat being allowed to be brought into the EU, it is important we stick to facts… https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/commodities/0208401000

        • Todd Unctious

          Danes are an odd culture. Danes still believe they are Gods chosen people and cannot fail. Anyone see 1864?

    • Gilbert White

      Lazy Latins in the EU get wildlife exemption laws as wel on the slyl?

      • Todd Unctious

        The Maltese slaughter many little birds each year. British toffs slaughter little grouse too.

    • Magnus Hansen

      Go and do your homework! Elementary to know the facts before writing, Mr. Watson!

      • Paul Watson

        Your opinions do not translate into facts.

        • Magnus Hansen

          No news under the sun, Mr. Watson, lies upon lies from you for the last 30+ years! It must be a good business for you!

          • Paul Watson

            And yet what you call lies have been seen to be the uncovering of illegal activities. It is expected that people like yourself involved in unlawful exploitation of wildlife will attempt to discredit any exposure as a lie. The world is seeing the reality of the Grind and our message is reaching millions of people. Do you deny that 85% of the people living in the Faroes hold Danish Red passports? It’s easy to accuse me of lying but you have not said what it is that you believe I am lying about.You say the killing is humane, that is an opinion, it is not a fact. You say that the pilot whale is not endangered. That is an opinion, not a fact. You say none of the meat is wasted yet we have evidence that it is wasted. What I do is not a business. That also is your opinion and not a fact.

          • Magnus Hansen

            “It is expected that people like yourself involved in unlawful exploitation of wildlife”

            Funny sentence from a convict.

            You´re probably not a stupid man, Mr. Watson. I mean, you have in fact managed to fool the world for more then 30 years. But why all your hate against an entire small nation, Mr. Watson? Why your hate against me?
            The reason is obvious. Faroe Islands is a tiny nation with peaceful inhabitants. It is easy for you fo send your blackhooded ignorants to harass us and take videos and pictures. The only purpuse for this is of course to have your money machine running. It must be expensive to live as a fugitive in Paris, right?

            Regarding Paris, you held a speach in the autumn which was translated live by Lamya Essemlali, head of french SS. I understand french and english, and my claim, regarding that speach is, that every single sentence was a lie or based on lies. Shame on you!

            But, I have to give you that much, that you´re an excellent manipulatur and

            rhetorician.In the autumn you also challanged someone from the Faroe Island to debate you in russian TV. Since you have blocked me from all your FB profiles -for telling the truth about Faroe Islands and the grind- I wrote to the french SS leader telling that I took up the challange. Why did you not want to meet me in a debate, Mr Watson? Are you in fact just a chicken hiding behind lies? Are you afraid to meet someone who knows everything there is to know about the grind? Or was that just one more of your money making stunts?

            Another thing Mr. Watson. You refer all the time to the danish Navy, when lying about you law breaking paople in the RIB´s last summer.

            Can you please answer this question mr Watson:

            Are you scared of the canadian or american army?

            As the bright man you seems to be, I´m pretty sure that you know the facts, that Canada and USA kill more oceans mammals then any other nation in the entire world.

            Why do you not spend the time in the two countries misusing and harassing canadian and american people in order to stop their hunting?

            Sorry about that, Mr. Watsoon. Just forgot for a moment, that you´re an expelled convict in those countries. Btw. isn´t Canada you native country?

            Have a nice 2016, Mr. Watson, but for God´s sake get a decent job!

          • Paul Watson

            I do not hate the Faroese. I hate killing. I hate cruelty. My opposition to your killing and cruelty is taken by you as a hatred for the Faroese people and that is an absurdity. Our people did not break the law, they were charged for political reasons for trying to save lives. You should do some research on Sea Shepherd, it’s a global movement and it addresses illegal exploitation of marine life worldwide including the USA and Canada. I’m also not a convict. A political refugee perhaps but I’ve not been convicted to a prison term. As for peaceful inhabitants well when I see a bay stained with blood and beaches stinking with gore and bodies of whales thrown into the sea – I fail to appreciate the reference to the word peace.

          • Magnus Hansen

            Let me start with your socalled “illegal exploitation of marine life”, Mr. Watson.

            Prove to me that we not, in a legal way, are harvesting Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands.

            Prove also to me that your people did not break the laws in the Faroe Islands, because they sure did, not least referring to the legal harvesting of these animals. They were convicted in the faroese court, right?

            I´ve read everything there is to read about the money machine SS. My opinion is crystal clear regarding your invasion and harassing in the Faroe Islands. SS is a criminal organisation! Apart from that you also have denied the blackhooded “volounteers” to speak to me and the locals and instead ordered them to interfere in the Pilot Whale hunt. no matter they -on your order. are breaking the faroese laws or not. And please don´t give me the story that you are not part of the SS.

            Also prove to me that:

            !. Our harvesting isn´t sustainable
            2. We are just killing for fun
            3. Our killing methods are worse or take longer time then killing other animals (please ask Lamya Essemlaly, who told me her opinion on this issue, which absolutely not is in you favour).
            4. That Pilot Whales in the North Atlantic are more poisoned with Mercury then Tuna in the same area and are more poisoned with toxins then other harvested animals in the oceans.

            Anyway, mr. Watson, I´ll like you to explain to me and all aothers why you live in exile in Paris?, What you are convicted for and where, and why you don´t move outside the french borders?

            At last I´ll thank you answering to my posts. In fact I´ve been waited for this opportunity for the last two years, since you blocked me in all other foras.

            The truth WILL be revealed sooner then later!

          • Paul Watson

            yes the truth is being revealed more and more each year. Lamya does not support the killing of these whales nor does she disagree with me. I have not been convicted of anything, perhaps you might enlighten me as to what you think these convictions are. As for blocking I block everyone who comes onto my forums as a troll spewing hatred and nonsense. A criminal organization? Really, enlighten us on the crimes please. Sea Shepherd works in partnership with the Mexican Navy, the Ecuadorian Federal police, the Galapagos Park rangers and Interpol. I recently sat on a forum along with the Admiral of the French Navy and the General who is chief of staff of the French Army. I’ve spoken before the U.N. twice this last year. These are not the activities of a criminal. My crime in your eyes is opposition to your cruel and unlawful slaughter of whales and dolphins. There are more people who see us as the good guys than see you as the good guys and that is a fact. The Faroe Islands have not got a very nice reputation throughout the world and there is one very important reason why it it this on-going atrocity you practice, a practice that has no place in the 2oth Century.

          • Magnus Hansen

            For 30 years you have harassed our entire nation. You started up by firing deadly weapons at faroese police officers. Since the you´ve spent a lot of your time miscrediting the Faroe Islands and for the last years you´s sent your ignorant blackhooders to harass us. And still you´re wrong. We have the leagal right to harvest from the ocean, no matter if we talk about whales, dolphins, fish, seabirds etc. And as long your storm troops interfere, they break faroese laws!

            I can´t demand you to answer my questions, but if you are a honest man you will!

          • Paul Watson

            Deadly weapons? My how you exaggerate. We fired chocolate pudding. They fired bullets at us. I have not harassed the Faroese for 30 years, just the whalers, just as I have opposed the whalers of Japan, Norway, Iceland and many other places around the world. I do not send anyone to the Faroes. The people confronting you are passionate volunteers who have gone there at their own expense because they have empathy for life and they are opposed to cruelty. I do not control them. You can justify your position by saying it is my fault alone but the facts speak for themselves. I do not oppose the Grind, most of the caring people of the world oppose the Grind and they will continue to oppose for as long as the atrocities continue.

          • Magnus Hansen

            So you deny this, Mr. Watson??? We´ll allways remember this situation, because this is when we figured out how you r organisation works.

            I´m still waiting for you answers?

            Btw., I like this from your reply:

            “I do not oppose the Grind, most of the caring people of the world oppose
            the Grind and they will continue to oppose for as long as the
            atrocities continue”.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFx7hyXVzjU

          • Paul Watson

            I do not oppose the Grind. The Grind are whales. I oppose the Grindadrap, the murder of whales. I did err in saying the people oppose the Grind, my mistake, I meant to say the grindadrap. All for the Grind in every respect meaning I’m all for the whales. BTW, I did not see any “deadly weapons” in that report. I did see deadly weapons fired at us.

          • Magnus Hansen

            Not according to the faroese police. Will you please specify excactly which kind of weapons you used?

            And still waiting for answers to my questions?

          • Magnus Hansen

            If you can´t find my questions, here they are again:

            Also prove to me that:

            !. Our harvesting isn´t sustainable
            2. We are just killing for fun
            3.Our killing methods are worse or take longer time then killing other
            animals (please ask Lamya Essemlaly, who told me her opinion on this
            issue, which absolutely not is in you favour).
            4. That Pilot Whales in the North Atlantic are more poisoned with Mercury then Tuna in the same area and are more poisoned with toxins then other harvested animalsin the oceans.

          • Paul Watson

            It seems to me that if what you say is true, the police would have arrested me in 2011 when I came to the Faroe Islands. Yet they did not mention it.

          • Magnus Petersson, Sweden

            Regarding your claim that it would be illegal for holders of EU passports to do things outside the EU that are illegal in the EU, a bit dubious to be honest. In the EU you are, just for example, not allowed to hunt elephants. Yet, there is no legal problem whatsoever with any citizen of the EU going down to Africa and shoot elephants. And in Sweden you are not allowed to drive more than 120 Kph on highways, yet I can do so whenever I like in countries where its legal and I won’t be charged at home for it. It is also illegal in my country to smoke marijuana, yet I would be able to do so legally in Colorado or Washington. Do you know why? Cause laws applies within nations, NOT to citizenship or to what passport you are carrying. As with the examples stated above, it would also be legal for me carrying a red Swedish EU passport to go to the Faroe Islands and take part in a whale hunt, just as it would be legal for me to shoot wild elephants in Africa, to drive more than 120 kph on highways in Germany or buy and smoke cannabis in Colorado. I would face no charges whatsoever for any of this at home cause, well, laws applies in the countries, municipalities, cities, towns, states, provinces that has them, not to peoples citizenship, passport or nationality.

            By the same argument you are using you could say that I could go to France and shoot some seals legally just cause I have a Swedish passport cause in strange world laws applies to what citizenship and passport you have. And with you holding U.S and Canadian citizenship, be careful to not do anything that would be illegal in any of your 2 home countries while in France. Hope to see an answer this seeing how this is one of your main arguments why you think the whale hunt is “illegal” based on what passports people are holding

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            Because you had ensured, via your organizations lawyer in the Faroes, that the statute of limitations had expired by then.

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            You threw gasoline at the dingies and then fired flares at them, in a blatant attempt to light them on fire. You also threw something you named “toads” (a razor sharp pointy edged metal disc) at the police and the dingies. The Police never fired a single shot at you, whereas you started the hostilities after refusing to leave Faroese waters upon being ordered to do so.
            You were also convicted and sentenced to jailtime by the courts following this episode, but you fled like a coward and did not return to the Faroes until the warrant for your arrest had expired. This is fact, recorded in the archives of the Danish Federal Police and the court.

          • Paul Watson

            Gasoline? Right. Hardly. That would have been a serious crime requiring serious charges. No charges = no crime. Never any charges laid at all, not in 1986 nor 2011.

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            That is a blatant lie Watson, because charges were filed and you were convicted of these crimes. The fact that you never served your sentence, because you fled the country and never returned until the statute if limitations had expired, only serves as proof of your lack of morals and dubious trustworthyness

          • Magnus Hansen

            Are you born as a liar Mr. Watson?

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            Your loathing of the Faroese is personal, Watson, and most of us Faroese know exactly why. Your people, as well as you yourself on your previous visit, broke the law and were arrested, convicted and deported. They were charged with reckless endangerment, failing to comply with direct orders given by the Police and for violating both the whaling law and the animal cruelty law. Sea Shepherd is an organization convicted of piracy by the US, banned in Canada and under legal investigation by Costa Rica and Japan. You are a convict! You were summoned to appear before the court in the 80’s in the Faroes, charged with endangering the lives of the Police officers sent to escort you and your craft outside the Faroese maritime border. An order you refused to follow and where you and your crew threw gasoline at the Police dingies and then fired flares at them, along with metal spiked discs and other lethal equipment. When you instead fled the country, you were convicted in absentia to serve jailtime and did not return to the Faroes until the warrant for your arrest expired. You yourself admitted to this in your “Whale Wars: Viking Shores” series. You are also an escape, having fled bail in Germany and are currently listed on the red list of Interpol.

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            What illegal activities have you “uncovered”? Nothing of the reality that you present to your minions as sensationalist propaganda has ever been hidden or denied by the Faroese. Our aversion to you is not based on the reality of our whaling, but to your manipulation of these facts into false claims that only serve your own personal interest. There is absolutely nothing unlawful about the Faroese whaling. You know this to be true, as proved to you and your organization time and time again by the Faroese and Danish authorities as well as the EU itself! There exists no violation of any law, regulation or treathy, as you otherwise claim. Ergo, your claims are based upon something you know to be untrue, ergo are you a liar and deceiver!

          • Magnus Hansen

            Well spoken, Mr. Thomsen!

          • SSCS4EVER

            Well I can come up with more than one thing that the Faroese have been trying to hide or claim not to be true!
            #1 the claim: The Grind isn’t commercial.FACT: the meat is sold in supermarkets and restaurants, therefore it’s to some point COMMERCIAL!
            #2 the claim: The whalemeat isn’t dangerous. FACT: multiple highly renowned scientists has pointed out more than once that the meat is unfit for human consumption!
            #3 the claim: Pilot whales aren’t endangered. FACT: The northern stock of Pilot whales are placed as DD(data deficient) which means not enough data has been collected to be sure about how many there are, on UNCI’s list!
            #4 the claim: the Pilot whales dies with in seconds and they aren’t stressed at all. FACT: It takes up to five minutes for the whale to die and before they are killed they are being chased and stressed for up to one hour or more!
            #5 the claim: We only hunt pilot whales. FACT both bottlenosed and Atlantic whitesided Dolphin are being killed by the Faroese!
            And the list just goes on and on!

          • James Shaw

            #1 The purpose of the grind is not to make a profit of the meat. No-one is a whaler by profession in the Faroes so if one or two decide to sell of a part of their share (that they got for free) does not make the Grind comercial.

            #2 The Faroese are fully aware of the presence of mercury and PCBs in the whale meat and follow the dietary recommendations on the consumption of pilot whale meat and blubber

            #3 Scientists estimate that the pilot whale population in the eastern North Atlantic is about 778,000 whales, with approximately 100,000 around the Faroe Islands. The Faroese hunt on average 800 pilot whales annually (492 in 2015). The catch figures can differ widely from year to year and have always done so (records go as far as 500 years back making this one of the most comprehensive historical records of wildlife utilisation anywhere in the world.)

            #4 There are strict rules for who can used the spinal lance to kill the whales in a grind and how. Each grind is supervised by the national veterinarian and district authorities to ensure that the slaughter goes according to plan.

            The spinal lance is used to sever the spinal cord. This severs the major blood supply to the brain and ensures both loss of consciousness and death within seconds and not 5min…

            #5 There is no such claim. They are included in the annual catch figures.
            Individual animals of the two dolphin species occasionally occur together with schools of pilot whales, while separate schools are sometimes driven and beached, and they are also fully utilised for human consumption.
            Faroese regulations only allow the killing of bottlenose whales which have stranded themselves and cannot be driven out again

            As peoples and nations everywhere, the Faroese also have the right under international law and agreements to use the natural resources they have available to them. When whales are caught, everything is exploited and nothing goes to waste. This is food – not a barbaric tradition!
            The real facts are fully on display on http://www.whaling.fo – no propaganda, distortion or falsehood. Somehow it makes more sense that the people from the place know more about the subject than someone from far away with no knowledge of either language or culture – nor with a wish to learn or understand it.

          • Paul Watson

            The have killers like yourself express aversion to me is quite the compliment. I defend life. You destroy life. That is the reality and there is nothing deceptive about this. My position is that you have no right to slaughter cetaceans and your petty defense is to call me a liar and that is nothing but a pathetic defensive respond to the fact that you’re a serial killer completely devoid of empathy.

          • Magnus Hansen

            You´re not a God Mr Watson, even though your blackhoodes deciples see you as such. Neither are you above faroese laws!

          • Jogvan Thomsen

            My ‘petty defence’ is based upon facts, something you have yet to provide.

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            Magnus is it allowed to talk every migrants on Faròer?

          • Magnus Petersson, Sweden

            Take the challenge Paul Anthony Watson, I dare you to do it. Now you finally have the chance, now you can no longer claim that no one took the challenge to debate you on TV, I met with my friend Magnus Hansen back in August talking about this and you hadn’t even responded back then. Here you have a Faroese whaler who is ready to take the challenge, but are you ready?

            And the Faroe Islands is not even the Nordic country that kills the most marine mammals. Here in Sweden which is a real and actual part of the EU with 100% red EU passports we just shot, killed 432 seals (273 grey and 159 harbor seals) out of a quota of 580, doing REAL conservation work for the entire Baltic cod and salmon population unlike you loosers. And today they also launched a new quota for 40 harbor seals to be shot until march and any True Conservationist in the world who wants to assist is welcome to bring their rifles, and in April yet another grey seal and harbor seal quota that lasts for the rest of 2016 will be announced, the population of as many as 30,000 grey seals in the Baltic Sea has to be reduced drastically in order to save other species, allowed methods is rifle with Class II ammunition, by land and by boat throughout territorial waters on the entire coastline, so I’d assume this would be the ideal work for Sea Shepherd

          • Ann Elf

            wow, I didn’t know about this. I assume it’s to ‘protect’ fish stocks? I think Humans need to be pest controlled not seals…

          • Paul Watson

            I will debate Magnus Hansen but I would think you would provide a more intelligent opponent. Set it up Magnus, it will be my pleasure to do the debate. When I made the challenge I don’t recall receiving a response. But you say that he will debate so let’s debate. You do realize, no I see you do not but Sea Shepherd actively opposes the killing of seals in Sweden, Norway, Canada, Finland and Namibia. Take off the blinders and look around at what we actually do not what you think we do.

          • Magnus Hansen

            Allmost a year since I challanged you, Mr. Watson and never heard a word from you.
            At the time you suggested the debate to be held in Russia.

            What about in Denmark instead? Then we meet in the middle between the Faroe Islands and France.

          • Paul Watson

            Come to France, I’ll be delighted to debate you. Where did you challenge me? In the Faroese media because I never received a challenge from you from anywhere. Ok, challenged received so set it up, you can depend upon me to be there.

          • Magnus Hansen

            I´ve written about my accept of YOUR challenge further up in this thread,
            Why France? Are you not allowed to travel outside the french borders?

          • Paul Watson

            Why France, because that is where I am and if you wish a debate, you need to come to me, I have no intention of coming to you. However you can always arrange to do it trough the media via Skype. Now how about that for an idea. Technology is amazing these days for this sort of thing. Set it up Magnus.

          • Magnus Hansen

            What about a neutral country, Mr. Watson or in the Faroe Islands? This is where all the cruelty happens according to you?

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            In Hamburg Germany

          • SSCS4EVER

            Magnus jeg tror du skal lære lidt Geografi! Hvis i skal mødes på halv vejen som du foreslår, vil det være omkring New Castle upon Tyne i England og ikke i Danmark!
            Translation: Magnus I think you need to study some more Geography! If you two are going to meet halfway as you suggest, it would be close to New Castle upon Tyne in Britain and not in Denmark!

          • Magnus Hansen

            No problem with me, anonymous, but since Mr. Watson is unable to travel outside France because of his convitions it also is ok with me to meet in Paris 🙂

            PS. It would be more serious to debate with a real person thenwith a pseudonym!

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            Every saved life is a well done business

    • Magnus Hansen

      I think the time has come to explain to you, Mr Watson, the facts about the faroese relationship between the Faroe Islands and EU and Denmark, so you -once and for all- will be able to understand it, and the rest of the world will be able to read the TRUTH about this issue:

      Many fail to understand the relationship between Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Delierately you, Mr. Watson have chosen to invent your own “truth” in order to use in financing your SS cirkus!.
      Think of the commonwealth and for instance the Channel Islands. Where as Britain is part of the EU, the Channel Islands are not. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and these are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy. Both are British Crown Dependencies, and neither is part of the United Kingdom. Islanders are full British citizens, and therefore European citizens, yet the islands are not part of the European Union. They are self-governing possessions of the Crown. Although not sovereign states in their own right, the power to pass legislation affecting the islands ultimately rests with their own respective legislative assemblies, with the assent of the crown.
      The Faroe Islands are a SELF-GOVERNING nation within the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and own flag.Since the split from Norway, the Faroe Islands have accommodated to, but not fully integrated into, the modern state of Denmark. This is a very important point. Constitutionally, Faroese relations to the Danish State were in 1948 defined in the Home Rule legislation. This legislation divides the administrative and legislative areas into two groups joint affairs under Danish State authority, and special Faroese affairs under Faroese Home Rule, administration and legislation.
      The Faroe Islands have, for example, their own independent area regarding Customs and Excise, Taxation and Administration. The great degree of Faroese autonomy may be best illustrated by the fact that the Faroe Islands are not members of the EU, nor EFTA (and thereby not of the EEA either)

      The Berne Convention allows a nation – any nation – to determine to which territories the convention shall apply (Article 21).
      Denmark chose to exclude the Faroes and Greenland.
      All the smoke about passport colour and the Faroe Islands ‘falling under’ Denmark is irrelevant. The convention itself legally allows such legal exclusions. As a results of this, EU citizens may for instance hunt anywhere and legally participate in the killing of any animal they want outside the EU, whether this be hunting cetaceans, lions, elephants, white tail deer, anything – you name it. Just as long as it is legal in the nation where it takes place. In some cases you may or may not bring home the trophy (you will need a permit for it), but there is nothing preventing you from participating in the killing. For example, elephants are protected under the EU. Yet, there are many EU citizens who hunt elephants.
      This does not only apply to hunting, but also to other activities which may not be legal in the EU but legal in other places. EU citizen may even smoke marijuana in states where this is legal if visiting there.

      There are many countries who have exceptions. If one does not like this, one would have to lobby for change to the EU laws, but such changes will apply to ALL exceptions and all situations and all countries, You cannot expect to carry on with the exceptions you like while banning those you personally don’t like – maybe someone doesn’t like your exceptions either. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander: exceptions are allowed: or none are. . So one cannot puff away on marijuana over your veggie meal while shouting about anyone else. Again: ALL agreements are negotiated, and many have exceptions – these are LEGAL.

      • Paul Watson

        Magnus, really you’re becoming quite boring. If you wish to discuss this further arrange a debate. Quite frankly I have more important thing to do right now than to go back and forth in this forum. It’s been entertaining but really it’s an exercise in pointlessness. You can’t reason with a serial killer and trying to talk empathy with a person who has no idea what the word empathy means is really a waste of time. So carry on and amuse yourself and your fellow killers, I’ve got better things to do at the moment and you’ve surpassed the allotment of time that I decided to grant you. I myself do not have the power to end the Grindadrap and you don’t have the power to defend it. The matter will be taken care of in due course. The cause has momentum and now it’s simply a matter of time but this obscenity will be ended, of that I am quite confident. Meanwhile enjoy the mercury, I hear it does wonders for the brain, but I don’t need to tell you that.

        • Magnus Petersson, Sweden

          Regarding your claim that it would be illegal for holders of EU passports to do things outside the EU that are illegal in the EU, a bit dubious to be honest. In the EU you are, just for example, not allowed to hunt elephants. Yet, there is no legal problem whatsoever with any citizen of the EU going down to Africa and shoot elephants. And in Sweden you are not allowed to drive more than 120 Kph on highways, yet I can do so whenever I like in countries where its legal and I won’t be charged at home for it. It is also illegal in my country to smoke marijuana, yet I would be able to do so legally in Colorado or Washington. Do you know why? Cause laws applies within nations, NOT to citizenship or to what passport you are carrying. As with the examples stated above, it would also be legal for me carrying a red Swedish EU passport to go to the Faroe Islands and take part in a whale hunt, just as it would be legal for me to shoot wild elephants in Africa, to drive more than 120 kph on highways in Germany or buy and smoke cannabis in Colorado. I would face no charges whatsoever for any of this at home cause, well, laws applies in the countries, municipalities, cities, towns, states, provinces that has them, not to peoples citizenship, passport or nationality. If you do something that is legal in a place where it is legal (may it be a country, a city, a town, a muncipality, a province, a state whatever), then it is legal regardless of what passport you are holding.

          By the same argument you are using you could say that I could go to France and shoot some seals legally just cause I have a Swedish passport cause in your strange little world, laws apparantly applies to what citizenship and passport you have. And with you holding U.S and Canadian citizenship, be careful to not do anything that would be illegal in any of your 2 home countries while in France. Hope to see an answer this seeing how this is one of your main arguments why you think the whale hunt is “illegal” based on what passports people are holding

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            Tell me your infs

        • Jogvan Thomsen

          You have more important thing(s) to do, are entertained by the debate despite considering it pointless, is talking about lack of empathy towards the nation that provides others with more ai d per Capita than any other nation on Earth and you say you’ve got better things to do with the allotment of time YOU have decided to ‘grant’ us (talk about megalomania!).
          At least you aknowledge that you are unable to stop the whaling. That at least proves progress.

        • Steintor Debes

          If we stop killing whales we will import meat from other countrys who farm animals.
          I know you say you only are interested in the whales and the ocean. But if we import tuna or mink whale meat from Japan or Norway instead of killing pilot whales, would you be ok with that?

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            You’re are importing whalemeat from Island

          • Magnus Hansen

            Yes we do, in small amounts, and why not? The icelanders are in their legal right to hunt whales and we, the faroese people are, in our legal right to import whale meat from Iceland. What´s your problem, me dear René?

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            My problem is the murder of nonhuman people.

          • Magnus Hansen

            Do that go for german pigs, chickens, cows, sheeps, goats, rabbits, fish, Purpoises etc. etc. as well ?

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            God said ” Don’t kill ” in german it sounds similar

          • Steintor Debes

            The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “Say to the Israelites: “Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat”: You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
            Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales.

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            Read Genesis

          • Steintor Debes

            Ooh

          • Rene Hildebrandt

            Again and again and again. Teach your people what’s to say. Don’t like the Bullshit every day. There’s to much to do for your daughters and my sons.

          • Steintor Debes

            I thought we imported mink from Norway. But you are probably right we import some mink from Iceland.
            My point is lesser pilot whales we kill, more great whale meat are we going to import from whaling nations. So it is not a solution for you to force us to stop killing pilot whales.

        • Magnus Hansen

          Elementary, my dear Watson, we´ll always play by the
          rules and laws our democratic elected parliament set for us. We will NEVER play by lies and rules ordered by a convict outlaw in exile in Paris. Though, I´mready to debate you in a neutral place, Mr. Watson.

          Regarding truthfulness and facts, Mr. Watson, what about
          this?

          Mr. Watson, your last comment is a concise reflection of the type of person you are. Sweeping statements and personal insults, bigotry and racism are not methods conducive to persuasion.
          Rather, it shows your lack of moral fibre – ironic in the light of your
          accusations against any and all who do not think you walk on water, and who see right through you. But then, you have through the years shown that actually your only motive is to create sensationalism in order to make profit. This has been illustrated over and over, such as your support of dolphin captivity.

          “In 1991, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society lost key personnel and
          about 10% of its membership when Watson endorsed a dolphin act at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. The Mirage’s owner, Steve Wynn had apparently offered Watson a $50,000 contribution. ” In other words, you endorsed dolphin captivity, and one of the WORST centers anywhere, for money. As with SteveIrwin, your zoo keeper friend, after whom a boat was named and Steve’s daughter Bindi, who endorses SeaWorld, but support the captivity industry as long as there is money in for you. Although you nearly burned your fingers there didn’t you, and lost many followers and staff, so now you have learned your lesson and have to be more devious

          http://www.nationalcenter.org/dos7125.htm

          http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2014/03/07/commentary-captain-paul-watson-on-bindi-irwin-and-seaworld-636

          You then defend your position glibly but very poorly to anyone who is not
          blinded by your showmanship and lies. As when justifying those ‘friends’
          (people ho gave you money or otherwise helped you claw your way to stardom) who do what you pretend to abhor:

          “SeaWorld is the villain here. Not Bindi Irwin…we must never lose sight of the
          fact that conservationist, animal welfare and animal rights people are
          compassionate people.

          We are not bullies. We are not haters.” This last statement about bullies and
          haters is laughable seeing your last comment, don’t you think?

          https://www.thedodo.com/community/PaulWatson/seaworld-orca-captivity-1013013910.html

          https://www.facebook.com/captpaulwatson/photos/a.443115070931.234296.155430570931/10152230221985932/

          http://www.beachcarolina.com/2014/03/10/do-not-be-manipulated-by-seaworld-2/

          Whole Greenpeace, and your violence: https://www.heartland.org/sites/all/modules/custom/heartland_migration/files/pdfs/8368.pdf

          Benjamin White Open Letter on Paul Watson and Steve Wynn

          September 16, 2014 / Joe

          https://themidcapchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/benjamin-white-open-letter-on-paul-watson-and-steve-wynn/

          Dossier

          A publication providing succinct biographical sketches of environmental
          scientists, economists, “experts,” and activists released by The
          National Center for Public Policy Research.

          Environmental Scientist: Paul Franklin Watson

          Interesting site, go to main page /home page as well for index: http://www.nationalcenter.org/dos7125.htm

          Sea Shepherd’s violent history

          Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

          http://australian-news.net/articles/view.php?id=200

          Why does SS not interfere in US Naval exercises that silently deafen and kill
          thousands of cetaceans every year? You have enough ships to patrol the waters and interfere?

          While we’re on the subject, why does Sea Shepherd only defend animals on the high seas out of U.S. territory and only when the killing does not have the
          sanction of the International Whaling Commission? You have lately been
          half-heartedly opposing the Makah Indian Nation’s intention to kill whales
          again, yet you do nothing to stop them. The U.S.A and Canada are brutally
          killing small whales in ways far crueler than the FI. The difference I that the
          areas are remote, and there are not as many photo opportunities, plus
          politically you are scared. If a group’s mandate is to protect marine mammals,
          but they exclude those captive, those in U.S. waters and those being killed
          under the approval of the International Whaler’s Club , then how strong are
          their so-called convictions? https://themidcapchronicles.wordpress.com/author/jalekavant/

    • Harald

      So they hold danish passports? What is your point? Once you enter the Faroe Islands it doesn’t matter what passport you hold, you are outside EU and you have to obey Faroese law.
      It’s like that when you enter any other country, if you enter Japan and you hold an American passport, you have to obey the laws of Japan. Most people get that. Not you apparently.

      And please don’t mention the income thing. If you would take the time to actually read the documentation, poverty and inequality is growing 1 percent each year in the Faroe Islands.
      So we should just dump free food and just buy it at the grocery store, yes that makes sense, let’s just stop eating free food and support commercial meat productions, which has been proven many times to be extremely bad for the environment when it comes to pollution and resources.
      You really need to update your rants, they are getting quite boring and out of date.

  • Magnus Hansen

    Mr. Watson, whenever have you told anything but lies about the Faroe Islands? And what’s the reason for doing this? Protection of whales? Rubbish! One of the few places where slaughter of animals for food ins’t hidden in industrial slaughterhouses behind guarded fences is in th Faroe Islands. The reason for you focusing on our killing of whales is that we’re open about it. We’ve got nothing at all to hide.
    Of course the sea will be red when a big animal is killed on the beach. And of course the floors in the industrialized slaughterhouses will be red when a cow or a pig is killed.
    You are constantly misusing our whalehunting in order to mislead your deciples to donate their hard earned money to SS and yourself in your criminal exile in Paris.
    Once a liar, allways a liar, Mr Watson. The world will find out sooner or later!

  • Jónsvein Berg
  • james kelly

    James Kelly Beautiful land & great people. I am lucky I get to travel here many times a year and looking forward to moving there in 3 years! http://www.whaling.fo/

  • james kelly

    Oh and the cakes are just outstanding!

  • lilredhsb

    Blah blah blah . . . Paul has been saying he’s launching a court battle for decades so far he’s just all talk and we all know what his word is worth, nada.

    2010
    Watson claims that the Faroese pilot whale hunt “is unlawful under the Bonn Convention protecting small cetaceans and under the Berne Convention for humane treatment of animals.” However, the follow-up agreement under the Bonn Convention on small cetaceans (ASCOBANS) only covers the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, while the Faroe Islands are firmly placed in the Atlantic.

    The Berne Convention, meanwhile, does not apply to the Faroe Islands, or to Greenland, due to a Danish reservation. But even if it did, there is no interpretation of the Convention that could mean it banned pilot whaling.

    Challenged on these points in a recent debate on the website of the High North Alliance,(2)Watson was unable to produce any evidence that the pilot whale hunt is illegal under any international agreement. He then scuttled the legal debate by saying he would “have a lawyer prepare a brief”

    And we’re still waiting for that brief…..

    Fast Forward to 2015

    Watson:
    “If 86% of the people living on the Faroes hold Danish passports that makes them Danish citizens and thus members of the European Union. And the laws of the EU clearly state that EU members cannot kill whales.”

    EU: European Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas:

    “The pilot whale hunt mentioned is conducted in the Faroe Islands, which is not part of the EU, so EU legislation and policy do not apply there. Moreover, while Denmark is a member of the Bern Convention, in its instrument of ratification it made a declaration stating that the Convention does not apply to Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Accordingly, the Commission has unfortunately limited possibilities to intervene directly in this case. The Commission, knowing that there are very few means available to interfere as regards third countries’ rights to hunt pilot whales within their own waters will, however, look into the best possible ways to raise this sensitive issue with the relevant authorities.”
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2008-6901&language=FI

    “…which is not part of the EU…”

    Put up or shut up, Paulrus.

    I bet the ICR is enjoying the SO on sea shepherd donations this year, $2.55 MILLION, did you tell your supporters they are funding this season’s research?? I love the Irony.

    sucks to be you.

  • Ronny í Lon

    Poul Watson wants facts. Here are some facts, and be sure to listen to the youtube interview, where he states that he is only in Sea Shepherd cause its easy money.
    http://www.targetofopportunity.com/paul_watson.htm

  • Evy Schaeffer

    Seems the writer, Camilla Swift, is delusional. Must be the food ….

  • Jóhann Heðinsson

    Reflecting on a re-occuring argument in this comment section; 85% of Faroese hold EU passports and therefor are EU citizens.
    By Paul Watsons logic, the laws of the country where your passport originates from, surpass the laws of the country, in which you find yourself in.

  • Magnus Hansen

    Well folks, it seems that Mr. Watson is on a retreate and has “left the building”. It´s a pity as we´re waiting for a lot of answers from him to our questions as well as we´re waiting for him to

    prove his lies about the Faroe Islands and Pilot Whaling

  • Emma Robinson

    The biggest problem in this world is that we can’t accept people being different to us. We think our ways are the true ways and no other opinion is welcomed. So we run to these places to force them to live like us. We break their rules because no other rules than ours matter.
    We did it to the native americans, to the aboriginals in australia and we keep doing it.
    As long as the hunt is sustainable and humane go ahead. It is unfair that people can’t eat something just because it’s not in our normal diet or because we think it’s cute…..

    • justejudexultionis

      The Islamic countries really *should* begin to live like this. That way, they would come out of their medieval darkness and emerge into the sunny uplands of Truth and Freedom.

    • Dr Bock

      Universalism is something of a menace, given what its delusions have led us to.

  • Izzy

    What is the problem if they eat the food and hunt sustainably – they catch less than 1 per cent of the population….. It’s not like they have much else to choose from, the vegetables in the supermarkets are old and filled with chemicals… It’s better for the whole world if they “eat locally” and reduce the amount of imported food. We should do the same here in the UK 🙁

  • Donald U. Newe

    I really can’t tell what I dislike more about Mr Watson….
    His incredible self-righteousness or his breathtaking arrogance ?!
    (Letting alone his constant need to tell lies or half-truths).
    “Thanks” to him, and his Organization Sea Shepherd, things on the Faroes concerning the
    Grindadráp turned from bad to worst in the last years. Thanks to him, and his Organization Sea Shepherd, the Grindadráp will last some years longer. 🙁
    It’s not a surprise that no self-respecting Conservation Group want to deal with him (or his Organization) because this man is a total shame and disgrace for the whole conservation movement.

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