NSFW: Tourists Pose With 500 Whales In Annual Hunting Event That Paints Sea Red
By Izza Sofia, 06 Aug 2019
Image via Uladzimir Navumenka / Shutterstock.com
A whale hunting tradition called the Grind, held in Denmark’s Faroe Islands, has outraged internet users and animal rights activists.
On 30 July, pilot whales were rounded up on the bay of Hvalvik, before being slaughtered in the water and being brought to shore.
Photos of the unfortunately legal act have surfaced online, illustrating how the event turned the sea red. The tradition entails whales being hunted for their meat and blubber to feed the people over winter.
A grand total of 536 pilot whales were killed this year for the event’s 10th whale hunt. Carcasses of the creatures were lined up on the shore for children to admire and for tourists to take photos with.
A spokesperson for charity Sea Shepherd UK addressed the gruesome activity, describing that tourists and families were drawn to the “social event” to witness the whales “struggle and resist.”
The representative further detailed that participants of the Grind would attach the helpless whales to ropes before commencing the slaughters. The process was not “humane” at all, they said, as many of these sea creatures were “resigned to their fate” when attendees failed to paralyze them with lances.
The spokesperson recounted the carcasses being laid out on the docks after the whales were killed, and that children were seen playing and kicking the creatures while tourists took selfies with them.
One particular incident saw an unborn calf being cut out of its mother’s womb and “unceremoniously dumped” into the sea.
Back in 2018, the charity offered the Faroe Islands €1 million (US$1.12 million) to put a stop to whale hunting, but its efforts were declined.
It is time to boycott the Faroe Islands and their tourism and business with the cruise ships, the fish exports from their sprawling high seas fishery, their farmed salmon and their ambassador of whale hunting and death Heri Joensen till these useless blood games have an end. pic.twitter.com/0X0sNw58Sy— Audrone (@audronebkd) August 4, 2019
#Faroe #Islands: #Human #society is structured based on #compassion & #kindness among many virtues. Present day society is not founded on abusing #power to #terrorise & #exploit the #vulnerable. Please stop #terrorising & #killing #pilot #whales. Thank you pic.twitter.com/C7up6YTcp8— 🐋鯨は哺乳類！🐬イルカは哺乳類！人間は哺乳類！それらは全て魚ではない！ 🌏🌱Ⓥ (@dolphin_angels) August 4, 2019
Sad news. After a break of over a month approx 20 pilot whales have been cruelly butchered in the Faroe Islands in the 10th hunt of the year https://t.co/03cf40hqLT #Stop— Blue Planet Society (@Seasaver) August 2, 2019
Sign here to help us #StopTheHunt🇫🇴 https://t.co/Sa5m5R2ITO pic.twitter.com/EQoUjNpfte
The Faroe Islands (shown in the picture below) is another place notorious for their dolphin hunting with no quotas to limit the slaughtering. Even though the hunt is meant mainly to capture small whales, they also kill any other dolphins caught for meat and blubber. #animaladvo pic.twitter.com/QYZKqz9qBp— Janiece (@janiece39c) August 6, 2019
Please continue to support and/or circulate this important action against the ongoing slaughter of Dolphins and Whales at Taiji and the Faroe Islands. TY. https://t.co/ubFLb7FS3M via @Seasaver pic.twitter.com/X8BeSncUdy— Action for Earth (@ActionforEarth) August 1, 2019
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