Gruesome whale hunt turns sea crimson-red in Faroe Island despite pandemic

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The vicious whale hunting in Faroe Island yet again this year lays bare the inhuman practices still prevalent in our modern times.

Yet again an entire pod of whales including mothers and calves was hunted by the people turning the ocean water blood-red.

The practice of hunting whales locally known as ‘Grindadràp’, literally translates as ‘the murder of whales’. Every year close to 800 whales are hunted around the archipelago.

Even white-sided dolphins are not spared. What is more unfortunate, the hunt is legal.

An NGO by the name of Sea Fearer has been raising voices against this gruesome sport/culture without much positive outcome.

The local authorities have repeatedly thwarted every attempt and petitions to curb the barbaric whale hunting.

Sea Shepherd is the only organization to have ever opposed the massacres on site. In 2014, local law prohibited the activist group from entering the archipelago, Independent reports.

To top it all, the local authorities commission the hunt on the grounds of sustainable hunting and cultural appropriation.


The Faroese authorities justify the killings as a source of food for the local people.

The whale and dolphin meat is distributed among the hunters and locals who are at liberty to either consume it or sell it in the market.

Gruesome whale hunt turns sea crimson-red in Faroe Island despite pandemic

This year’s hunt had slaughtered more than 250 pilot whales and more than 35 dolphins, according to the Independent.

The year is yet to end and to the horrors of animal activists, the hunt is sometimes carried out for more than once a year.

The whales are not only hunted inhumanly but whenever such hunts take place, an entire gene pool is terminated within hours, as whales travel in packs.

Whales are highly social animals and when one whale has killed the rest of the family stays close by until each and every member of the family is slaughtered. Even young ones and infants….

Many inhuman practices of animal-related sports take place around the world.

Even if the community of whale hunters repeatedly claim their practice to be traditional culture, can we really pass off cruelty under the guise of obsolete culture?

How many more innocent sentient beings have to be slaughtered before the world finally realizes that there is no such thing as “sustainable killing”? Killing is killing in any form. No tradition or culture can justify it.

In the words of a Sea Shepherd member: “Pressure must be brought to bear wherever and whenever we can to stop this on-going massacre of entire families of innocent, intelligent, self-aware, socially complex, sentient beings.”

A Change.org petition by campaigner Kenul Rza argues: “For too many years Denmark has been allowed to carry on a barbaric and meaningless tradition that involves the brutal slaughter of over 800 dolphins and whales annually.”

The petition is calling to the Dutch government to put an end to the slaying tradition, that has already garnered 141,200 signatures. You can cast your support here.

(Cover image courtesy of @TroalicPaul via Twitter)

Views expressed in the article is the author’s own.