I have to share some news with you warriors:
This past Saturday evening a grind happened in the island where I volunteered with Sea Shepherd in Operation Grindstop 2014, in the Feroe Islands.
33 whales died, 14 of my companions were arrested for being compassionate and trying to save the cetaceans’ lives. 6 of them are my friends, I lived with them during the month and a half I was there.
There was around a hundred pilot whales, they tried, but they couldn’t save them all.
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson:
"Slaughter and Loathing on Sandoy as 33 whales Die in Agony
Shepherd volunteers are Arrested by Faroese Police and the Danish Navy
"For the last 85 days, Sea Shepherd has been able to find and escort whale pods away from the Faroe Islands. We have documented the activities but have not released them so as to not anger the whalers. Today a pod of around 90 pilot whales came so close to a killing bay on Sandoy that the thugs from that island were able to get to them rather quickly. Sea Shepherd land crew made it to the beach and into the water as three Sea Shepherd three fast boats arrived on the scene before the killing began. Unfortunately a police helicopter from Torshaven and vessels from the Danish Navy made it to the Bay at the same time. The Danish Navy ordered the boats to stand off. We have not heard back from the boats so we do not know what their situation is. We do know the entire Sandoy land team has been arrested and 33 pilot whales are dead on the beach.
Confirmed that the Danish Navy has taken three Sea Shepherd fast boats - the Loki, the Mike Galesi and the B.S. Sheen. 9 boat crew arrested. Total arrests now 17. Sea Shepherd land crew from Torshaven prevented by Police Road Blocks from approaching within a kilometer of the beach.
Now that this slaughter has taken place, we can mention that over the last 82 days, Sea Shepherd boat crews have deflected three pods of whales away from the island before the killers could spot them. Unfortunately covering 18 islands is a difficult task but I am proud of the fact hat our volunteers saved those whales and made a valiant attempt to save these 35.
The positive side of this encounter is we now have evidence to implicate the Danish government and Sea Shepherd will take this evidence to the European Parliament to demand that action be taken against Denmark for collaboration with an illegal slaughter of whales. No European member of the EU may be involved with whaling and although the Faroese is not a member of the EU they receive massive subsidies from the EU through Denmark. The Faroese may be exempt but Denmark is not and now we have the evidence that pilot whale blood in on the hands of Danish sailors and Danish Police, What is rotten in the Faroes is also very much rotten in Denmark.
Total Sea Shepherd volunteers confirmed arrested: 14
Total number of whales killed: 33
Total number Sea Shepherd boats seized: 3
Total number of pods successfully driven back to sea over the last two Months: 3
Evidence of Danish Navy Intervention to Support the Killing of Whales: Priceless
Boat Crew Arrested
1. Bastien Boudoire (French)
2. Jérôme Bonpied (French)
3. Guido Capezzoli (French)
4. Tiphaine Blot (French)
5. Baptiste Brebel (French)
6. Antoine Le Dref (French)
7. Céline Le Dourion (French)
8. Krystal Keynes (Australian)
Land Crew Arrested
9. Maggie Gschnitzer (Italy)
10. Rorigio Gilkuri (Mexico)
11. Nikki Botha (south Africa)
12. Monnique Rossouw (South Africa)
13. Sergio Toribio (Spain)
14. Alexandra Sellet (France)”
I miss you guys I wish I was there with you. My thoughts and feelings are with you now, good luck today at courts. I am so very proud of you, compassionate unarmed Sea Shepherds trying to save the lives of those whales from angry and blood-thirsty faroese whalers.
HERE is a video of the moment my friends got arrested.
first picture: the volunteers arrested
second and fourth pictures: french boat team being arrested
third picture: Sergio Toribio from Spain being arrested
Fifth picture: Maggie from Italy (our team leader) being arrested after going in the water next to dying whales
Sixth picture: whales being slaughtered.