Mass whales slaughter

Mass slaughter of Whales and Dolphins in the name of tradition

For around 1000 years a tradition goes on every September in Faroe island, in Danish territory, in which around 800-1500 Pilot Whales & Orcas are slaughtered in a single day. In place of hue & cry later, can this mass slaughter of whales be regulated?

Why locals slaughter whales yearly in the Faroe Islands?

The meat of these big species has been a part of their regular diet since the establishment of this island. But, in this yearly event, professional hunters and locals surround and herd nearly 800-1500 Whales and Dolphins towards the beach & hack them to death. And then distribute the meat, first to hunters and then to villagers nearby. They all can sell it too, making it a win-win situation for everyone in the name of tradition.

Do you think locals can stop this BLOODSPORT, as named by charity ORCA, which is lobbying to end this slaughter? The answer is NO, look at this curious child below. On seeing this massacre the child is not in pain, she is curious. Like this child all other locals must have seen this YEARLY FEAST/PICNIC/RITUAL since their childhood, they have grown with it. It has gone deep inside them…however the number of whales & orcas killed in 2021 shocked even the locals, it was nearly 1500!

Mass Slaughtering of Whales
Mass Slaughtering of Whales
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Why the mass slaughter of whales is so bad?

One question may come to mind if they eat all the meat then how it’s wrong? after all, it’s their regular food. I feel the wrong part is the mass killings of a species. This disturbs the ecosystem, otherwise, those Whales & Orcas, however large they are, have to die someday. As far as their age factor is concerned, when they are caught by fishing net then also perhaps they are not segregated by age. However, a question still remains in mind – Can mass killings should ever be a tradition?

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1 thought on “Mass slaughter of Whales and Dolphins in the name of tradition”

  1. Oh my… I had no idea this kind of thing was still happening. I don’t agree with these kinds of killings at all! How awful 🙁
    I recently said I never wanted to visit Botswana until they removed the law which allows Elephant hunting and I am adding Faroe island to this list. Thanks for sharing and bringing awareness to this awful ‘tradition’.

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