Human beings have been practicing cruel ways to mass slaughter animals for their consumption for a long time.
The tradition of whale-slaughtering is an annual event that takes place in the Faroe Islands where the blue sea turns into a horrifying red colour as dead bodies of whales and dolphins fill it up.
Apparently, this tradition goes back to the year 1584 and the people of the Faroe Islands have been consuming whale meat since the times of the Vikings. Communities depend on the hundreds of kilos of meat each whale provides, which is also a major part of their natural diet.
It is a communal activity where all the locals get together to ruthlessly slaughter at least 800 whales and dolphins.
Páll Nolsøe, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said,
Whaling is a natural part of Faroese life. It has long since been internationally recognised that pilot whale catches in the Faroe Islands are fully sustainable.
How are the whales killed? The fishermen enter the water in boats and as soon as pods of whales arrive close to the bay, they surround the whales and lead them towards land to be beached and slaughtered. When the whale is close enough, a hook is inserted into their blowhole to bring them further up the shore. It's neck is then stabbed with a spinal lance and its spinal cord is severed, which further cuts the blood supply to its brain. The whale loses consciousness and dies within a few seconds.
An entire pod of whales is killed in less than 10 minutes. The entire community pitches in the slaughtering while it takes place in place sight.
Reportedly, each whale is recorded and regulated by authorities and the Danish people claim that this practice is not cruel and is carried out in regard to international laws.
There have been petitions to ban the practice of whaling but in vain. Animal activists have been fighting this cause for a long time.
People on the internet have also expressed their outrage over this.
Totally barbaric, serves no purpose. I thought #Denmark @denmark was a civilised nation, but this as equally abhorrent, cruel and pointless as #whaling #trophyhunting etc Should be consigned to the past.— George Gingerman (@GGingerman) May 21, 2019
are we going to just turn a blind eye on this one ?#Denmark has been doing this tradition for years and no one says anything about this ?— smOl bean aidil (@FairyGodPapi) May 19, 2019
I am so saddened by this.
This is slaughtering !
Denmark is cancelled ! https://t.co/UT0me8dsik pic.twitter.com/pztLr3UsZp
Denmark, the country that still permits whaling. Good example! Would you like me to post photos of Pilot Whales getting slaughtered. Such an environmentally responsible country!— 140th Battalion (@cgnichols) March 29, 2019
Whaling is another indicator that some humans failed to evolve. Boycott the following failures: Japan, Denmark, and Iceland.— Stephen Wilson (@Whippersteve) February 24, 2019
Whaling in the Faroe Islands of Denmark...a 13th century tradition that makes me not want to return to one of my fave places...https://t.co/eZJzz2HHoQ— Ashley Core (@AshleyBCore) January 17, 2019
whaling in denmark, what do this devils need all this whales for. disgusting. pic.twitter.com/UEH1EYrpQJ— NJ⊙R⊙GE (@KNcreator) June 1, 2019
Traditions need to break in the name of humanity.