The Faroese claim that killing whales is a tradition and part of their culture. On the other hand, the Danish view freedom, democracy and human rights as part of their culture. It appears that in this case Denmark's commitment to human rights and freedoms takes precedence over any obligation they may have to defend the barbaric practices of a vassal nation.
Killing cetaceans is a violation of European Union law. Denmark is a member of the EU and provides subsidies to the Faroe Islands. The Faroese claim they are independent, and for that reason, they insist that the law does not apply to them despite the fact that Danish police intervene to protect the whale killing in the Faroes.
Last year, more than 400 Sea Shepherd volunteers traveled to the Faroe Islands to oppose the obscenity that the Faroese call the "Grindadrap," which translates to "the murder of whales." 33 whales were killed during the three-month period that Sea Shepherd volunteers patrolled the islands. The year before, in the same time period, more than 1,300 pilot whales and dolphins were massacred on Faroese beaches.