On a panel with Lamya Essemlali, President of Sea Shepherd France.
These slaughters are not for survival. There are very few things that happen like this, that are this brutal. We have to put this behind us and move on, and let the whales swim freely by. And I think it's much more important for us in the future to save our oceans and the biodiversity of our oceans, and to know that the whales are important too.
They are very socially complex animals and their entire families are being killed in front of them in a manner that would never be permitted in any slaughterhouse in the world. In addition, the meat of these animals is tainted with toxic contaminants including mercury, which is particularly harmful to pregnant women and young children.
Young people probably feel pressure to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. I think this is the perfect time to not listen to your parents, to think for yourself. Maybe there's going to be a movement like there have been movements for many other things in the world where you look inside yourself and say "Is this something I should be doing just because my parents did it and my grandparents did it?" This is a new time and the world is at risk. I think this is the generation that has to stand up and say "That was then, this is now; this is what I'm going to do."
I am fortunate to have some of my family with me today. They are surfers. What a beautiful eco-tourism destination these islands would make if only you would bring the grind to a halt. But until then the waters remain tainted with blood, staining the reputation of the Faroese.
The time has come to stop the grind.
Watch the whole Sea Shepherd panel here.