Danish Island Slaughters Hundreds Of Whales In The Name Of Tradition

Despite being subject to laws prohibiting the slaughter of aquatic marine mammals, this Danish island-country ruthlessly slaughters hundreds of whales each year.


Each year, the Yulin Dog-eating festival in China prompts global outrage. In fact, this year, the world’s largest petition was signed to put an end to the cruel practice. While it didn’t stop the event from happening, the campaign helped attract global focus on the animal abuse.

But Yulin festival is one of the many such events in which animals are slaughtered in the name of custom or even recreational purposes.

Case in point: People from Faroe Islands, an island country between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, kill hundreds of pilot whales each year during a drive hunt, or "Grind,” as part of a nearly 1,000-year-old tradition. It’s a non-commercial hunt meant solely for consumption.

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The slaughter usually happens on a huge scale with entire communities taking part in it. As a result, there is a lot of blood and the color of sea water often turns red.

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Animal rights activists have been condemning the bloodthirsty spectacle for years but to no avail.

In fact, the Danish island country actively defends the practice legally as well as with the help of armed forces. Just last June, Faroe Islands passed a new law that punishes conservationists who obstruct Grind.

A month later seven protesters from conservationist group Sea Shepherd were arrested for “alleged interference.”

“It was perfectly clear that the Danish navy ships Triton and Knud Rasmussen were present to guard one grindadráp, and that the slaughter [only] proceeded with the full consent of the Danish navy,” Wyanda Lublink, captain of the Sea Shepherd boat Brigitte Bardot, told the Guardian.

“How Denmark — an anti-whaling member nation of the European Union, subject to laws prohibiting the slaughter of cetaceans  can attempt to justify its collaboration in this slaughter is incomprehensible,” he said.

Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters, Australian Antarctic Division

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