Disturbing Annual Whale Slaughter Is On Again
Activists from the well-known animal protection group Sea Shepherd have captured some grisly footage of whale slaughter in the Faroe Islands.
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Activists Capture Disturbing Images Of Whale Slaughter
The Faroe Islands are located in Danish Territory and according to Business Insider, are usually off limits to tourists unless they want to assist with the rehabilitation of the island.
Whale hunt is an annual event, where according to the Metro, roughly 800 pilot whales are massacred for their food or blubber for the people of the Faroe Islands to use during the harsh winter months.
What Does Whaling Involve?
The whale slaughter process in the Faroe Islands involves herding the whales and dolphins into the shallow bays with boats and then killing the animals by hand.
It Is Tradition In The Faroe Islands
The earliest reported slaughter of the whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands dates back to 1298 and is an annual event.
Families are encouraged to participate and it is not uncommon for children to pose with the deceased animals according to Business Insider. While this may be dramatic and gruesome for some people to bear witness, officials from the Faroe Government link the whale hunt to animal agriculture.
Páll Nolsøe from the Faroe Government told the Metro ‘All meat, including whale meat, involves the slaughter of animals’.
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