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. There is much hue & cry after that every year, can we do something well before in time in 2022?
Why are whales slaughtered 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, nearly 800-1500 Whales and Dolphins are surrounded and herded towards the beach & hacked to death by professional hunters and locals. The meat is then distributed, 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, 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!
Why the mass Whale hunting 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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