European commission turns a blind eye to the slaughter of pilot whales
The European Commission Ignores the European Parliament and 250,000+ Members of the Public, Leaving Pilot Whales to be Slaughtered.
The European Commission has rejected Sea Shepherd's request for infringement proceedings against Denmark without apparently considering any of Sea Shepherd’s legal arguments, allowing the slaughter to continue unabated.
With the formal support of 27 members of the European Parliament and over 250,000 members of the public, Sea Shepherd Netherlands officially submitted a request to the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark for facilitating the slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans in the Faroe Islands.
Source: Sea Shepherd Global
DID YOU KNOW?
Pilot whales are among the largest of the
, exceeded in size only by the
They are highly social, and studies suggest that both males and females remain in their mother's pod, an unusual trait among mammals. They have been observed making various kin-directed behaviors, such as providing food each other.
Hunted mainly for its meat, even though in 2008, the local authorities in the Faroe Islands recommended that pilot whale meat should no longer be eaten due to contamination.
- Pilot whales have one of the longest birth intervals of the cetaceans, calving once every three to five years.
Size compared to an average human.
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