Large numbers of pilot whales, members of the dolphin family, are slaughtered each year on the Faroe Islands, an autonomous territory within the kingdom of Denmark
Every year, usually during the months of July and August, several hundred pilot whales are killed for their meat and blubber by the young boys and inhabitants of the Faroe Islands, a small, self-governing territory of Denmark in the far North Atlantic.
Whaling in the Faroes stretches back to more than 1,000 years ago, and community-organised hunts date to at least the 16th century. Due to the harsh climate that makes it difficult to grow food on the Faroe Islands, the meat and blubber of these animals was once an important part of the diet of the Faroe people.
But nowadays their food supply is diverse and plentiful, the cruel whale and dolphin hunt continues and most Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history.
Faroe men go out with boats to drive these animals into the bay using nets to block their way back to sea. The whales then beach themselves, or are pulled ashore with a blunt hook lodged in their blowholes. Once beached and defenseless, these whales are hacked to death with hooks and knives. Other than pilot whales, several species of dolphins are also killed using these same methods.
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Animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as “brutal and archaic mass slaughter”, while many locals defend the hunt as a cultural right, that most journalists do not exhibit sufficient knowledge of the catch methods or its economic significance.
The killings - known locally as “grinds” - have also emerged as a prominent celebrity cause, with renowned ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson among the backers of Sea Shepherd’s campaign.
It is hard to believe that in this age that this bloody massacre annually takes place on Faroe Island in a country that claims to be a civilized member of the European Union. This act of barbarism against this species need to stop. Please help spread the word.