Friday, November 10, 2017
In the modern world is there any good reason for hunting whales anymore? Does any modern person's life, safety or comfort rely on whale blubber?
How about dolphins? Is there any good reason for hunting dolphins? Sport maybe? The thrill of the chase? How about slaughtering them wholesale? Rounding up hundreds of them, beaching them in shallow water and bludgeoning them to death?
In a world where species are being harvested to the point of extinction, where pollution has created entire islands of trash in the middle of the oceans, where water acidification is threatening the entire food chain from coral bleaching right on up to commercial fish stocks, what could possibly be the reason for such an indiscriminate slaughter?
Because they've been doing for hundreds of years already,
so why stop now?
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The images are stomach turning.
Several times a year residents of the Danish archipelago of the Faroe Islands, halfway between Norway and Iceland, participate in the "Grindadrap", the Faroese term for whale killing.
When the whales are spotted during their migration, fisherman will head out in dozens of boats and surround the herd in a massive convoy, driving them to shore. Dolphins are frequently caught up in the drive. They are then killed with a lance that is driven through the neck.
The scene is horrifying. The entire shoreline is tinted bright red and foamy with blood as the whales and dolphins being slaughtered are dragged ashore alive with hooks sunk into the blowholes.
Witnesses described whales seemingly bashing their heads against the stones in a frenzy.
The island's government said 1,700 pilot whales and white-sided dolphins have been caught in the Faroe Islands so far this year.
If you feel you can stomach it, you can look the images up online. If anything, it is educational.