The River of Blood: Water Turns Bright Red as White Sided Dolphins Are Slaughtered by Laughing Fishermen in the Faroe Islands
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM, 24 Sep 2018
- WARNING: Graphic content
- Dozens of dolphins and whales slaughtered on Streymoy in the Faroe Islands
- Hunt was caught on tape by marine wildlife charity Sea Shepherd
- Video appears to show islanders using knives rather than special hunting tools
11 Sep 2018 – Shocking video footage shows dozens of dolphins and whales being slaughtered by hand in the Faroe Islands earlier today.
The herding and killing of at least 100 white-sided dolphins and pilot whales took place in Hvalvik on the Faroese island of Streymoy.
The brutal killing of the marine animals, who are traditionally hunted in the Danish Atlantic Ocean archipelago, was broadcast live on Facebook by marine wildlife charity Sea Shepherd.
While regulations state that dolphins and whales should be killed using a special tool, the video appears to show islanders using normal knives.
Every summer, some 800 whales and dolphins are killed for their meat across the Faroe Islands, a Danish archipelago located hundreds of miles off the Scottish coast between Norway and Iceland.
Tuesday’s hunt, filmed by Sea Shepherd, an international marine wildlife conservation non-profit campaigning to end killing of dolphins and whales in the archipelago, was the 11th carried out on the Faroe Islands during the 2018 hunting season.
The footage shows islanders wading around in the water, which turns increasingly red by the minute, killing dolphins by cutting their necks open.
Whale driving on the Faroe Islands date back to the late 16th century and involve residents herding pods of whales into shallow waters.
They are then killed using a ‘spinal lance’ that is inserted through the animal’s neck to break its spinal cord.
However, today’s hunt appears to have been carried out using both spinal lances and normal knives, which is likely to be a slower and more painful process.
The locals, who eat both meat and blubber as well as other body parts, carry out the butchering in the open, and the process can seem graphic and brutal to outsiders.
As more of the dolphins and whales are killed, those still waiting to be butchered are seen swimming around in their pod’s blood.
The hunts have been criticised by animal rights campaigners, who say the ritual is cruel and unnecessary.
The local government says the hunting is not only sustainable, but ensures that the 18 islands, which has a limited opportunities for farming, are as self-sufficient as possible.
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