This July around 250 pilot whales were slaughtered on the Danish Faroe Islands, making this the bloodiest day of the year in the area.
Sea Shepherd protesters who attempted to save these whales from being killed were arrested and didn’t succeed to rescue any of the whales.
They were charged for interfering with the traditional community hunt called grindadráp. It seems that these kinds of killings are nothing unordinary for this archipelago.
Villagers equipped with fishing lances gathered in small boats and went out to kill the whales that were trying to migrate. The slaughter happened with the support of the Danish Navy, and as Wyanda Lunlink, captain of the Sea Shepherd boat Brigitte Bardot claims, Danish Navy boats were present during the hunt to protect the whalers and prevent anyone who would try to stop the slaughter.
Ironically, Denmark is allegedly an anti-whaling country and doesn’t support such actions. However, they are trying to justify their support towards this horrific slaughter.
Images taken by the Sea Shepherd group show that the water turned red from all the blood, making it look even more horrible than just reading about it. The villagers dragged the whales into shallow waters to kill and chop them up in front of all the people on the beach. But these people weren’t all that innocent, as they too participated in this brutality.
This kind of event is something that happens each year on two of the Faroe Islands beaches, Bøur and Tórshavn.
This year, 111 pilot whales were killed at a Nólsoy beach, while 142 were slaughtered near Tórshavn. Whale slaughtering has been practiced for centuries and Faroese officials regulate it and protect the hunters. Each year, these whalers kill around 800 pilot whales, but they don’t spare dolphins either.
The meat from the slaughtered whales is usually used for food, and the blubber for fat.
The news of hundreds of whales being killed isn’t what received the most attention in the news, but the protesters who tried to prevent these animals from being slaughtered.
Moreover, it is outrageous that the Danish Navy participated in these horrifying events, especially since whaling is illegal in Denmark. It is difficult to understand that the meat and fat from all those whales will be utilized, and that it wasn’t all mostly done for the sake of sports. What is even more disturbing is that locals who didn’t participate in the killing went into the water and forcefully started dragging these poor animals to the beach, where they were to be cut open and chopped up.
Anyone who cares about animal lives at least a little bit would be distressed at the near thought of something like this.
When dragged to shallow waters, still alive but barely moving, the whales relaxed and waited for death to come. The locals tied them down with spinal lances which stop the blood from flowing into their brain and sever the spinal cord and killed them by cutting them open.
One by one, the whales started coloring the water red with their blood.
Strange as it may seem, this slaughtering doesn’t endanger pilot whales, but that doesn’t make the act of slaughtering them so brutally any less horrifying.