Originally founded in 2014 as a Facebook group focused on researching and learning about the Faroese Grindadráp (Pilot whale hunt).
From the very beginning, we wanted our group to include people from all sides of this issue, which means we have pro whaling, anti whaling and all those in-between, together discussing the issues.
We started off with actions which targeted Faroe fisheries, we had a petition, we ran twitter based events and we took our group to WhaleFest in Brighton in 2015.
As our knowledge and friendships deepened, we realised that 'force change action' is actually counterproductive in many ways. The way some NGOs and newspapers report on the issue of whaling causes outrage to the person reading it, and this often follows with anger and hate in comments across social media.
For those of us who have been brought up within societies where we are taught to protect whales, the images are very distressing. The problem is that the more hatred that is aimed at the Faroese as a nation, the more those in a favour of the hunt continuing within Faroe continue to stand together, against those on the outside demanding they must change.
Force change tactics used over the years have actually created more interest within Faroe for the hunt to continue. As a group, all of our administrators are anti whaling, yet we recognise the detrimental effect that force change is having on the issue of whaling. Let us also not forget the people of Faroe who have put up with a barrage of hate year after year.
'Every different situation in the world where people feel change needs to happen, must be considered on an individual basis. It is foolish to think that one type of activism can work for every situation.
When you have the majority of a nation behind you, force change can be a useful tool. When the majority is not with you, then trying to force change will always fall on deaf ears'
Faroese whaling is legal, Faroe is not governed by the EU, Denmark will not force any change. There simply is no overnight solution to this. Accepting this fact can be a hard leap to make from the traditional kind of animal activism, but once you can see it, then you can start to think more rationally about the situation. Because we have come to think in a more rational way (for the greater good), does not mean we are devoid of emotion when a hunt happens, it merely means we are looking for the best way forward, what is beneficial? What is counterproductive?
'Change in regard to whaling will come from the people of Faroe and not from outside pressure'
Eventually most areas of change in our world which have gained lasting results, have happened not through hate and force, but through dialogue and time. It is easier to shout for change from the sidelines, than to take the time to commit yourself to peaceful dialogue and friendship.
Please see our Actions pages to read about our two visits to the European Parliament, our thoughts on people wanting to boycott Faroe and how dialogue works in our Facebook group. You may also want to visit our 'News' page to see what we have been up to lately.
If you are interested in dialogue and learning more about the issues of whaling in the Faroe Islands, please visit our Facebook group: Faroe Whales Action Group
Historic pictures of our stand at WhaleFest 2015