Denmark / Faroe Islands: Cruise Lines Shun Faroe Islands to Protest Whale Slaughter.



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Cruise Lines Shun Faroe Islands to Protest Whale Slaughter

Environmentalists applaud German companies’ decision to stop sending tourists to the site of an annual slaughter of pilot whales.

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

Meet the whales’ newest protector: the cruise industry.

Executives at two major German cruise lines—Hapag-Lloyd and AIDA—said Monday they would stop sending their tourist-packed ships to the Faroe Islands in protest of the annual slaughter of pilot whales in the remote North Atlantic archipelago known for its stark beauty and bloody traditional hunts. The move is a blow to the islands, which depends on tourism revenue.

“Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is committed to treating flora, fauna, and the marine ecosystem as well as all its creatures with respect,” Karl J. Pojer, the company’s chief executive, said in an email. “We protect what fascinates us—it is therefore high in the interests of the company that whaling on the Faroe Islands is stopped.”

The cruise lines also cited a new Faroe Islands lawrequiring anyone who spots whales to report the animals to local officials as a reason to take the destination off their ships’ itineraries.

Hapag-Lloyd had already reduced the number of ships scheduled to visit the Faroes, Pojer said, with only one cruise slated for next year. The company is trying to find an alternative destination for that trip.

Monika Griefahn, AIDA’s chief sustainability officer, said in an email that her company “expressly dissociates itself from whaling. Species conservation is an integral part of our sustainability strategy. Thus, AIDA Cruises has decided to cease approaching the Faroe Islands until further notice.”

Whale hunts are permitted in 22 Faroese bays, where up to 120 pilot whales can be killed at a time. According to Sea Shepherd, 1,200 pilot whales are killed during the hunt season.

The hunt is also used to draw tourists to the islands, according to the website Visit Faroe Islands.

“The pilot whale hunt in the Faroes is, by its very nature, a dramatic sight,” it states. “Entire schools of whales are killed on the shore and in the shallows of bays with knives which are used to sever the major blood supply to the brain.”

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“It’s not something we want to hide,” Brynhild Weihe, an office assistant at Visit Faroe Islands said in an email. “Some people express doubts about coming to the Faroe Islands because they don’t know what to think of the whaling that is done here, and so we want to make sure they can read about the main facts. This doesn’t mean we want them to come here for this reason.”

In the past two years, Hapag-Lloyd and AIDA wrote to the Faroese prime minister expressing their concerns about the whale hunt, or grindadráp.


A Hapag-Lloyd official, who asked not to be identified because she was not authorized to speak with the media, said the company never received a response.

The letters prompted Sea Shepherd, the environmental group that has been trying to halt the whale hunt since the early 1980s, to contact the companies, calling on them to suspend cruises to the islands. Sea Shepherd highlighted a recently passed law making it a crime not to report whale sightings to local authorities.

“Authorities are quoted as saying that these reports can be decisive in determining whether or not the spotted whales are subjected to traditional whaling,” said AIDA’s Griefahn.

A court last week convicted five Sea Shepherd volunteers of violating the Faroe Islands law by trying to stop the slaughter of 250 pilot whales on July 23. They face fines or up to two weeks in jail.

“We were very delighted to hear the news,” Rosie Kunneke, land crew leader for Sea Shepherd in the Faroes, said in a telephone interview from the islands. “This puts pressure on the cruise industry, who might want to reconsider what people are doing to the animals here.”

Several other cruise lines still operate in the islands, Kunneke said, including Princess, Royal Caribbean, Crystal, and Holland America.

“We’re hoping that the world gets to know about the hunt and that customers demand that these companies do not come here anymore,” Kunneke said.

Courtney Vail, campaigns and programs manager for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said that “ethics-based corporate responsibility” is one way to help stop the killing.

The cruise industry has been much criticized by conservationists for polluting the world’s oceans. But recently it has made efforts to appear more attuned to ethical concerns. Carnival, for instance, announced in June that it would launch a cruise line that lets passengers perform community service in the countries they visit.

“We believe in the power of consumer choice to help guide and reform national and global environmental and animal welfare policies,” Vail said in an email. “It is a shame that such a beautiful destination continues to be marred by the shadow of these bloody hunts.”


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Indonesian Government: Free all Animals from Ragunan and Surabaya Zoo into Sanctuaries

Captive elephants in Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo and Ragunan Zoo are being held in extremely cruel conditions.

“I have never seen … this before,” said a staff member of an animal advocacy organization.

At both zoos, says the staff member, the elephants were restrained in a severe and agonizing manner. The animals are not only chained to the enclosures by their back legs, but their front legs are tied together. “I have visited zoos across the world, many of which unfortunately chain their elephants. But I have never seen elephants with leg ties as well as chains,”said the staffer

With the additional leg ties, the elephants are unable to even move backwards and forwards freely, restricting them to “hobbling” or “hopping.”

The male elephants who were tied in this manner at the Surabaya Zoo were in obvious distress: “He was rocking backwards and forwards for some time in a stereotypical display often seen in captive elephants,” says the staff member.

“The real sad thing for him was when he decided to use the bar as a scratching post, he needed to haul himself and the chains, centimeter by centimeter, into a position where he could rub against the metal bar. This should be something that is freely available to him and not something that he is forced to work for by having to ‘hobble’ within the small areas that his chains allow him within.”

At the Ragunan Zoo, both adults and a very young elephant were seen with their front legs tied together: “The calf was attempting to lie down on a number of occasions, but the leg ties prevented it from doing so. It also had to ‘hop’ with both front legs together every time it wanted to turn around.” (The calf is likely this young male.)

Indonesia has long been criticized for its animal welfare standards, especially the Surabaya Zoo, in East Java, referred to as the “Zoo of Death” for the horrific conditions the animals live in and the nauseating photos that reportedly emerge from it, including a lion found hanging last year in his cell, and an emaciated camel eating in his enclosure.

Femke den Haas is the founder and coordinator for wildlife rescue at the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN). Den Haas lives in Indonesia and first visited the Ragunan Zoo 20 years ago: “I was so shocked to see the suffering of the animals there that I decided I wanted to return to Indonesia the soonest to help improve animal welfare in the country.”

It was the eyes, she says, of one adult male orangutan that she couldn’t forget: “His name was Johnny. Johnny was an adult orangutan inside a tiny dark cage, not able to climb, not even able to obtain any sunlight.”

Twenty years later, Johnny is still inside the same cage.

Since 2002, 23 orangutans have died inside the Ragunan Zoo, den Haas said. (The Ragunan Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.)

Since 2013, JAAN has been denied access to help improve the quality of care for the animals of the zoo, den Haas claims.

Part of the problem, she maintains, is there is no standard of care for animal welfare in zoos in Indonesia. “The Indonesia Zoo and Aquarium Association (IZAA) is a sham. This association is run by the zoo owners who seek profit and little regulations. The conditions of animals throughout Indonesia in zoos are horrific. I just returned from a zoo in Banyuwangi that received animals from Surabaya [Zoo], including orangutans and elephants. The elephants are chained and walked around [by keepers] with the infamous sticks with nails on them to handle the elephants and [use them for] elephant rides.”

Unfortunately, says den Haas, as bad as the Ragunan and Surabaya zoos are, there are some even worse. At these zoos, says den Haas, “animals hardly are seen with even drinking water.”

The staff member of the advocacy group agrees with den Haas’ assessment: “Sadly, animals are kept in even worse conditions in other zoos both within Indonesia and other Asian countries.”

“The sad reality,” the staffer adds, “is that the majority of Asian zoos house as many species and individuals as they possibly can, and the staff have little to no knowledge of how to care for these individuals to meet their complex physical and behavioural needs. Therefore animals languish in squalid concrete cells and the measure of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is whether they survive or not.”—Source-The Dodo~

Ask the Minister of Agriculture Suswono to shut these places of hell down and transport the animals to sanctuaries !


Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia Suswono, MMA

Executive Director – WAZA Gerald Dick, PhD, MAS

Indonesian Government: Free all Animals from Ragunan and Surabaya Zoo into Sanctuaries


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Illinois man lights firework in dog’s mouth while laughing about it!

target: Will County State’s Attorney James Glascow

Update #1 3 days ago 

Press Release
July 31, 2015

Statement regarding investigation/charge in Joliet Pit Bull Case

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed the strongest felony charge possible under Illinois law based upon the evidence that has been obtained by police and prosecutors up to this point.

Upon conviction, the felony charge in this case carries a potential penalty of up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The investigation into this case is ongoing.

About This Petition

A man from Joliet tricked a pit bull dog into taking a firework in his mouth moments before he had lit it. The dog did not survive the incident.

The incident happened on July 7 when Nicholas Garcia, 24, and his friend were lighting some fireworks in an alley when a dog suddenly appeared; the two decided to have some fun with the animal and intentionally tossed a firework in its direction; the dog chased it and picked it up immediately, moments before it went off its mouth.

The dog’s owner, who had finally caught up with his dog during their usual stroll, witnessed the entire incident. The distraught owner claims that Garcia was amused by the situation, before taking off moments after.

Police have filed charges of ‘destruction of property’ against Garcia, who has turned himself in.

We, the undersigned, strongly feel that the Illinois judicial system should file for much tougher charges, because ‘destruction of property’ does not apply in this case. Dogs are family, sentient beings, but judging by these charges it would seem they are just some objects that got destroyed. This is hardly the case. Garcia needs to spend time behind bars after taking the life of an innocent animal that is only guilty of curiosity.

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