What do we know about Denmark? It’s a Kingdom, the Faeroe islands and Greenland belong to it and together they have around 6 million citizens. I was also recently informed that Danish students receive approximately 700 Euro each month to finance their studying and life and are not obliged to pay this back.
Danish people seem very happy and the reason I was provided with is, that they know, they can rely on their government. To quote somebody: ‘Marriages can break, but we can always trust in our government.’ I doubt that any German or other nation would say something similar this easily.
So how come I pet peeve again?
Since the 17th century, thousands of whales and dolphins get killed on one of Denmark’s Faeroe islands. Back in the days, this hunt was necessary to make a living and provide families with food. Today it’s a ridiculous tradition which shall prove that young men became adults.
Till I did some research I had the hope that these people where so ‘kind’ to kill the Calderon Dolphins and other whales in a quick way, but since whales are so big, you can’t just shoot them but have to slash them. These peaceful animals get chased in one of the island’s bays and chopped with mattocks. There is no pardon for calving ones.
Since they’re so big, these wounds won’t kill them and they’re going to die a slow excruciating dead.
Today there is no economical reason behind this loathsome slaughter. Women and children are even warned to eat whales’ meat, because of heavy metals which can lead to brain damage and other side effects.
Since this vile butchering of such beautiful creatures becomes more popular, people demand an explanation why this is still legal. The European Union hasn’t answered such a question yet and Green Peace doesn’t have the funding to do anything against these clampdowns.
It’s unbelievable that this is considered an act of manhood. It’s disgusting and doesn’t just jeopardize pregnant women, but also destroys the biological equilibrium. But not just the Danes like to butcher these wonderful giants, Japan, Norway and Iceland still do this out of commercial purposes. Between 1986 and 2005 these three nations alone killed 27.000 of them. No wonder every 4th whale species faces extinction.
It’s so sad and I sense more people should know about such a dreadful Danish tradition. I believe Danes should question their mentality, traditions and government a little bit more. So even if the government pays for student loans etc, it closes its eyes towards animal abuse. Shame on everybody who supports, does such a thing or looks away.