Whaling in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic has been practiced since about the time of the first Norse settlements on the islands. It is regulated by Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission as there are disagreements about the Commission's competency for small cetaceans.
Around 950 Long-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed annually, mainly during the summer. The hunts, called "grindadráp" in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats then drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord.
As of the end of November 2008 the chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer are considered fit for human consumption because of the levels of toxins in the whales.
The Faroe Islands have been under Danish control since 1388. At present the islanders are about evenly split between those favoring independence and those who prefer to continue as a part of Denmark.
Today, elections in the Faroe Islands are held in the municipalities, on a national level for the Løgting ('law assembly'), and for the Danish Folketing.
Daniel: I sit here today as a Danish man, whaling makes me ashamed of being Danish. Some Danish citizens might not see the Faroe Islands as a part of Denmark, as they are getting more independent, but if you ask people from all over the world, especially animal-rights groups, they blame Denmark for this cruelty.
It's really saddening that these hunts continue in European waters, to every european citizen. It is not necessary, and as an evolved society, we should not have this kind of cruelty happening.
So let's spread this group, not just in Denmark, but all over Europe, so people are informed about what is happening and try to help this cause, with us.