For hundreds of years the people of the Danish Faroe Islands have been herding migrating Pilot whales and other small cetaceans into shallow water and slaughtering them. This slaughter is called 'grindadráp' or 'grind'.
The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm (or Kingdom of Denmark) since 1948. Areas that remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defense, police, justice, currency and foreign affairs.
Despite being a member of the European Union, subject to laws prohibiting the slaughter of cetaceans, Denmark continues to show its support and even collaboration with the Faroese whalers to kill small cetaceans.