Pamela Anderson in Faroe Islands to stop the grind
Pamela Anderson has landed in the Faroe Islands to show her support for Sea Shepherd's Operation Grindstop. The organisation is there to defend some 900 pilot whales from getting slaughtered during the annual ritual known as grindadráp or simply the grind.
Almost more famous as an animal advocate today than for her role in the hit series Baywatch, she will attend a press conference today at noon Torshavn time, which means that it will be streamed live in Denmark at 1pm.
Changed due to dense fog
It was originally scheduled for Wednesday but Anderson never made it to the islands from Copenhagen due to fog, but the mission has faced more obstacles than just bad weather.
Faroese police and Danish intelligence services have been monitoring the situation and are ready to stop clashes between whalers and the protesters.
Not afraid of the locals
Anderson told Ekstra Bladet that she is not afraid of how the Faroese will react when she gets in the way of their ritual.
"I've spoken with a few people who are very proud of their traditions. But traditions change all the time and I want to help changing them," she said.
"This only happens in a couple of places and I don't see the point of it. If it's just for entertainment, it's horrible. I hope it will change so people one day will say: 'did we really do that?'"
Sea turns red every summer
It's gruesome in the eyes of outsiders when the sea turns red from the blood of hundreds of whales. But for locals it has been an annual tradition on the Faroes since the 1700s, and pilot whales have been hunted and eaten since the first settlers arrived more than a thousand years ago.
Sea Shepherd became both famous and notorious in the Discovery Channel show Whale Wars which featured captain and founder Paul Watson as he and his crew harass Japanese whalers.
Stream the press conference with Pamela Anderson and Sea Shepherd activists on this link.