An e-mail has been going around highlighting the massacre of whales and Calderon dolphins in the Faroe Islands. In this day and age, how is this even possible? And in Denmark? Seems antithetical given their soft-spoken, proud nature. Japan, take heed, as well. Seems to me they should cull out the jack-asses and leave the whales and dolphin alone.
Here is what’s happening in the Faroe Islands
Another infamous and equally horrific dolphin and whale massacre takes place in Europe in a group of Islands called the Faroe Islands which are a protectorate of Denmark.
Lying in the North Atlantic halfway between Scotland and Iceland, every year thousand of extremely trusting and friendly pilot whales as well as hundreds of White sided dolphins are killed in a “so-called” hunt locally known as “grindadrap”. Pilot whales are so friendly that they have been known to approach humans out of curiosity.
The hunt begins when the first pods are spotted, a number of boats will then gather around the pod and herd them towards the shore. The distressed animals panic and when they get close enough, the locals from school children to adults wade in to the sea with hooks known as gaffs, spears as well as knives. The hooks are thrust in to the whales and dolphins to pull them on to land. Sometimes the hooks are forced in to the animals blow holes causing extreme pain and suffocation.
As these sweet natured beings are hacked at and stabbed they are hauled on to land using ropes or hooks.
Still alive they will be killed in a most vicious and deplorable manner. First, using an 18 cm long knife called a “grindkniver”, the dorsal fin is cut off then the spinal cord containing all the nerves is axed through in order to get to the main arteries. Finally the arteries are slit and the animal completely and agonizingly bleeds out.
So much blood spills out in to the sea that the entire area turns red, literally creating a bloodbath. The meat also contains toxic levels of PCBs and mercury, so much so that the number of children born on the Island with mental problems is unusually high.
So much meat is collected that the locals can not finish it and it is left to rot, even so the massacre continues.