This is barbaric. Truly unbearable.
The horrible images taken by the Sea Shepherd group, who describe themselves as a non-profit marine wildlife conservation organisation, showed a sea that turned red due to the blood of the slaughtered whales, after they were herded towards the beach by hunters in speedboats.
Their bodies lie beached on the dark shore, large slash marks penetrate the neck and sides of the whale as the blood mixes with the cold water. Known as the grindadráp, the brutal slaughtering of pilots whales in the Danish owned Faroe Islands took place yesterday.
Using a spinal lance to sever the animal’s spinal cord and its main blood supply to the brain, the locals begin to cut down the animals as locals use meat and blubber from the whales to make food and grease.
Close footage shows some of the huntsmen laughing and smiling, droplets of blood dripping down from their sweaty brows.
According to The Daily Mail, Wyanda Lublink, captain of the Sea Shepherd ship Brigitte Bardot, claimed two Danish naval vessels were in Bøur when the hunt took place.
It was perfectly clear to me that the Danish Navy was present at Bøur to guard the grindadráp, and that the slaughter would proceed with the full consent of the Danish Navy. How Denmark – an anti-whaling member nation of the European Union, subject to laws prohibiting the slaughter of cetaceans – can attempt to justify its collaboration in this slaughter is incomprehensible,” he said.
Whaling in the Faroes has been practised for hundreds of years and is regulated by the Faroese authorities. Around 800 pilot whales and some dolphins are killed each year.