Approximately 800 whales are slaughtered a year in the Danish territory, which has lead to campaigners calling for the “insane blood sport” to be banned, as latest images on Faroes Island show 250 whales being hunted down in ‘barbaric’ sport.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the tradition of slaughtering whales which date back to over 1,000 years ago has continued.
Disturbing images have come alight which has led to activists voicing their horror at the brutal killings of the innocent creatures.
According to campaigners, the year’s first hunt has lead to the killing of approximately 250 whales.
On the shores of Danish territory, the animals are surrounded as they migrate and then they are herded towards the beach, where they are hacked to death.
Charity ORCA has labelled it an “insane blood sport” and is lobbying for the slaughter to end, as it is carried out with the use of knives by licensed hunters.
Campaign group Sea Shepherd has shown the hunters in shared pictures online in which it is clear to see whales are being butchered in the water, leading to people calling the tradition “barbaric”.
A statement has been released by Sea Shepherd which says: “252 long-finned pilot whales and 35 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were killed in Hvalba last night after the huge pod was found off Sandvik.
“This is the first organised grindadrap hunt of 2020 with the meat from the hunt distributed first to the approximately 70 hunt participants from the boats and those killing on the beach – and then the remainder to villages on Suðuroy with all recipients then free to sell their share of the meat if they so wish.”
Each year, around 100,000 pilot whales swim close to the Faroe Islands, which is located in the North Atlantic between Norway and Iceland; it comprises of 18 different islands.
On average, the tradition involves the killing of around 800 whales per year.
Only people who are licensed hunters can take part.
The tradition has been condemned by the Blue Planet Society, as they said the animals had been “brutally and cruelly slaughtered”.
In other news, India’s wet markets are continuing to sell live dogs wrapped in sacks as they wait to be slaughtered and charred monkey hands. From the start of July, it was banned in the country for people to sell dog meat yet from the images which have been shared online, it would be thought otherwise.