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Pamela Anderson: Faeroe Islands 'Barbaric' Whale Drive Should End

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In this 2012 file photo, Pamela Anderson greets animal rights activist Paul Watson during a press conference. (Fredrik Von Erichsen/AFP/GettyImages)

Monday, 04 Aug 2014 11:27 AM

Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson called a four century-old pilot whale drive in the Faeroe Islands a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should end.

The Associated Press reported that Anderson traveled to the semi-autonomous Danish archipelago between Scotland and Iceland to support a campaign by Seattle-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. It opposes the drives, which date from the late 16th century.

"We want to protect the whales, not fight the Faeroes," the former "Baywatch" star told a news conference. "We hope to convince people here to move on to something else."

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The pilot whales are not an endangered species, but environmental activists claim the hunt is cruel. Sea Shepherd has spearheaded the opposition against the drive, known locally as grindadrab, since the 1980s.

Each year, islanders drive herds of pilot whales into shallow waters, where they are stabbed to death. A blow-hole hook — said to be harmless — is used to secure beached whales, and the spine and main artery leading to brain are severed with knives.

The drives are regulated by legislation, and the meat and blubber are shared on a community basis.

Islanders kill up to 1,000 whales annually out of an estimated pilot whale population of 128,000 in the northeast Atlantic, according to data kept by the Faeroe Islands.

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Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson called a four century-old pilot whale drive in the Faeroe Islands a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should end.
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