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Obscene ritual to attain something called Moz or coming of age.
There is a particularly horrific email circulating regarding the yearly killing of thousands of whales and dolphins in a ritualistic slaughter called Moz which so called civilized members of the Faro Islands Denmark consider to be a rite of passage
If you wish to view the email with all the horrific affirmation of this appalling display of barbarism and collective bad karma which reflects on us all until it stopped then you may find it on hoax slayer site - this email status hoax slayer has sadly affirmed to be a valid email and not at all bogus
Another website http://facthai.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/denmarks-calderon-dolphin-pilot-whale-slaughter/
Every year around 2,000 whales are driven ashore and cruelly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands, mid-way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland.
For centuries the Faroe Islanders have hunted pilot whales, driving entire schools into killing bays, where they are speared or gaffed from boats, dragged ashore and butchered with knives.
Although the Islands are a protectorate of Denmark, they have their own Government and regulations governing the pilot whale hunt or "grind" as it is known.
Aside from the fact that the number of North Atlantic long-finned pilot whales is unknown and they are listed as 'strictly protected' by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, this is an act of barbarism and pointlessness.
By slaughtering 100 whales at a time, the Faroese are wiping out entire pods and family groups. They are removing building blocks from the gene pool of the species and damaging the web of life in the North Atlantic and the North Sea.
The drive hunt is a practice abandoned elsewhere many decades ago, and now outlawed by other European states. The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have no subsistence need for whale meat, and much of the flesh is left to rot and be dumped; it cannot be exported, as it is polluted with heavy metals and other toxins and therefore cannot meet EU heath standards for human food.
According to Faroese legislation it is also permitted to hunt certain species of small cetaceans other than pilot whales. These include: Bottlenose dolphin; Atlantic white-beaked dolphin; Atlantic white-sided dolphin; and Harbour porpoise (There are also specific regulations for the hunting of harbour porpoise. Harbour porpoises are killed with shotguns).