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09/01/2014

14 Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Released From Custody Today in the Faroe Islands

14 Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Released From Custody Today in the Faroe IslandsFollowing Arrests for Attempting to Prevent Slaughter of 33 Pilot Whales, Onshore Crew Court Date Set for Monday; Three Small Boats Detained by the Danish Navy to Be Held ‘as Evidence’ until Boat Crew Returns for Court September 25Sea Shepherd crew members on the scene of the discarded flesh report the stench was unbearable
Photo: Sea ShepherdA total of 14 volunteer crewmembers of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s pilot whale defense campaign Operation GrindStop 2014 arrested on Saturday in the Faroe Islands today have been released.As of Sunday morning, all 14 Sea Shepherd crew have been released. The six volunteers from the land team must return to court tomorrow, Monday, September 1. The eight members of the boat team have been told to return to court on September 25. Postponing the court date until that time allows the police to hold the three Sea Shepherd boats until the end of September, as they are being held for "evidence." All video and still camera data cards were removed by police and are still being held. Sea Shepherd attorneys are working to have them returned as well.The members of the onshore team led by Sea Shepherd USA and the offshore team led by Sea Shepherd France were arrested as they attempted to protect a pod of 33 pilot whales from the brutal mass slaughter known as the “grindadrap” or “grind.”Sea Shepherd was on the scene immediately, but as the pod was driven in from very close to shore, there was little time to prevent the slaughter. The panicked pilot whales thrashed in the water and could be heard screaming in pain as the water turned red with blood.Tiny fins are clearly from babies taken from their mother's womb
Photo: Sea Shepherd“The 14 brave, dedicated volunteers who risked their own safety to put themselves between a pod of pilot whales and their killers have been released today,” said Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson. “They are not criminals, but heroes. It is Denmark, an ‘anti-whaling’ EU member nation, that has acted in blatant defiance of the law by protecting this heinous massacre of whales.”Despite being a member nation of the European Union and subject to laws prohibiting the slaughter of cetaceans, Denmark has officially shown its support of – and now direct collaboration with – the Faroese whalers by sending the Royal Danish Navy to defend this archaic, mass slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands alongside Faroese police. Denmark’s Navy seized three Sea Shepherd small boats - Loki, the Mike Galesi, and the B.S. Sheen (sponsored by actor Charlie Sheen) – and their crew were arrested and flown to Torshavn by Royal Danish Navy helicopter.In another sickening display of total disregard for life, the whale killers have left pilot whale meat and fins, believed to be from yesterday’s kill, to rot on the ground. At the whale processing facility, Sea Shepherd volunteers today discovered discarded whale flesh, as well as tiny fins that appear to be from babies taken from their mother’s wombs, simply left as garbage. The crew described the stench in the area of the discarded flesh as “unbearable.” Pregnant female, infant and juvenile whales are often killed in grind hunts, as the Faroese whalers wipe out entire pods and generations at a time.Discarded whale flesh from a slaughtered pod of pilot whales dumped at sea  ... more >