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Witnesses: Slain on the beaches, hundreds of locals come down to watch the brutal slaughter

Slaughter turns the sea red with blood: Horrifying scenes as fishermen chase 250 whales onto a beach in the Faroe Islands and locals leap into the water with glee to stab them to death

  • The brutal slaughtering of pilots whales took place at Bøur and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands
  • Locals dressed in wetsuits wade into the water, and use knifes and harpoons to kill the stranded whales
  • Although whaling is illegal in Denmark, the annual hunt, known as the grindadráp, is allowed in the Faroe Islands

Mail Online
By Tom Wyke
24 July 2015

Their bodies lie beached on the dark shore, large slash marks penetrate the neck and sides of the whale as the blood mixes with the cold water.

Known as the grindadráp, the brutal slaughtering of pilots whales in the Danish owned Faroe Islands took place yesterday. As many as 250 whales were reportedly massacred on two beaches in Bøur and Tórshavn as locals used harpoons and knifes to hack the all of the pilot whales to death.


Killing: Locals wade out in wetsuits and use ropes to catch the whales before stabbing them with knives

Prepared: Running down the beaches, the locals prepare to drag the whales in and kill them

The horrific scenes were filmed by activists from Sea Shepherd, a non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation.

As the innocent whales are forced to swim towards the beaches, the locals begin to run down from the jetty towards the sea.

Realising they are unable to escape, the whales slow down as the fishermen in their power boats and dinghies begin to close in on the large school of whales.

The locals, many of whom are dressed in full wetsuits and bobble hats, wade into the water and begin to violently drag the distressed animals up the beach.

Pool of blood: The killing scree was carried out at two beaches, Bøur and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands

No escape: After funneling the whales towards the beach, some of the fishermen use ropes to drag the remaining animals towards the waiting locals

Massacre: The annual grindadráp takes place at the Faroe Islands, where whaling is not illegal but remains controversial

Slain: Tied down, none of the whales are able to escape the locals knives and harpoons and are quickly cut down

Contemplating: Local Faroese men reflect in the bloodstained water after the horrendous hunt, which is known as the grindadráp

Massacred: Using harpoons and knives, the stranded pilot whales were slaughtered on the beaches

Using an array of weapons, including sharp knives and harpoons, the locals begin to hack at the animals, slicing at their fatty necks and puncturing their sides.

The water quickly begins to turn red with all the blood as one by one, the whales are ruthlessly slaughtered by the heartless locals.

Close footage shows some of the huntsmen laughing and smiling, droplets of blood dripping down from their sweaty brows.

Each year, this horrendous event is carried out across the archipelago of the Faroes Island. Five activists from Sea Shepherd were arrested after attempting to disrupt the hunt.

No escape: Fishing boats and speed boats encircle the whales, leading them to the beaches and waiting huntsmen

Resistance: One Sea Shepherd activist runs on to the beach and is arrested by a police officer after protesting against the hunt

Arrested: Five Sea Shepherd activists were arrested by police on the Faroe Islands as they tried to stop the hunt

Extinguished: The bodies of the pilot whales lie still in the water as the islands begins to get dark in the Faroe Islands

Wyanda Lublink, captain of the Brigitte Bardot told Sea Shepherd activists that he believed two Danish naval vessels, HDMS Triton and HDMS Knud Rasmussen were in Bøur when the hunt took place.

Captain Lublink said: 'It was perfectly clear to me that the Danish Navy was present at Bøur to guard the grindadráp, and that the slaughter would proceed with the full consent of the Danish Navy.

'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.

Carnage: The pilot whale is not an endangered species and has been hunted annually in the Faroe Islands

Killing zone: Using ropes to pull the pilot whales up the beach, the locals begin to mercilessly kill the whales

Consumed: The dead whales will be butchered, with the meat and flubber being used for food and grease

Sea of blood: The water quickly turns red with the gushing blood from the great animal's bodies

Allowed: Although whaling is illegal in Denmark, it is allowed and celebrated annually in the Faroe islands

Whilst the pilot whale may not be endangered, the level of brutality and depraved violence is shocking.

The Faroese have been carrying out the annual hunt for hundreds of years, and although whaling is illegal in Denmark, it is allowed in the Faroe Islands.

All the hunted whales are used for their food, with pilot whale meat and flubber being the main products used by the Faroese.

British comedian Ricky Gervais raised awareness of the vile whale slaughter, commenting on a graphic photo on social meda: 'Tragic whale slaughter in Faroe Islands. It's good we've found a twin Earth because we're really f**king up this one.'


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  1. This is absolutely disgusting. Makes me want to cry.

  2. Now Norway is a villain for something which has been done for hundreds of years? The article clearly states the pilot whale is not an endangered species, and this is done in a very controlled method only once yearly and all is eaten as food. I am not condoning this, yet I am not seeing this as even being anything close to being "genocide". Yes, HUMAN are carnivorous creatures! What humane method should we use to put meat on our plates? People just don't think about how that nice juicy steak they buy at the grocery store actually got there. Are the cattle, chicken, turkey industry to be villains? These images are so graphic and seem grotesque because it shows the mammals blood staining the waters of the bay. How many millions of gallons of cattle blood is spilled yearly? This is not about greed or cruelty, but a simple fact that we are carnivores. Many aspects of human reality are quite sad, and is duly noted with this testament to what we are. This made me cry, too. For the whales, and also for us humans.... ~darylluke.

  3. Difficult to realize what most of us are...carnivores. But you make good points DL. Not endangered, and a contolled kill. Not pleasant, but same as any killing for meat.

  4. Well said DL. I'll also make the point that this article is riddled with emotive hysteria. Let's look at the language used:
    'locals leap into the water with glee to stab them to death'
    'brutal slaughtering'
    'hack the all of the pilot whales to death.'
    'used harpoons and knifes to hack the all of the pilot whales to death'
    'The horrific scenes'
    'the innocent whales'
    'violently drag the distressed animals up the beach'
    'horrendous hunt'
    'begin to hack at the animals, slicing at their fatty necks and puncturing their sides'
    'ruthlessly slaughtered by the heartless locals'
    'Close footage shows some of the huntsmen laughing and smiling, droplets of blood dripping down from their sweaty brows'
    'this horrendous event'
    'the level of brutality and depraved violence is shocking'

    Ok, at the risk of being forever cast into the abyss, how about some balance here. DL is correct. We are Omnivorous, we eat meat. I worked for 20 years in an export meat processing establishment.
    What do we say about the huntsman in the wilderness who hunts game for food? A bear, a deer, a cute furry rabbit? Do we not have it drilled into us all that we are a product of random evolution. How then does God get dragged into the equation to defend His creatures?
    Come on! This is a community which gathers together once a year to harvest an essential food source essential for their existence. How about some info on the community? Exactly how essential is this harvest for their survival?
    It is unpleasant, absolutely, but seriously! Balance it out folks.

    1. I'll back up my comment with the facts below;

      Fishing is the single most important industry in the Faroe Islands, followed by tourism and wool production. More than 97% of the islands' exports consist of fish produce.

    2. Part of Tom Brown, Jr. training when he was a boy under tutelage by a very old Apache shaman was to track, stalk, hunt, attack and kill a fully grown adult male deer with just a knife. I forget which of the books that account was in. But, reading that account gave me a whole new look on this world we live in today. The sacredness of life has been lost to societies. As ever and always the aboriginals had it right. The spirit of the dead deer was honored and every piece of his body used in thankfulness and silent respect & reverence. I for one was changed for the rest of my life when I read that account. Yes, we must become the greater beast to prey upon another for our sustenance, but honor and respect and gratitude was given after.This last part is missed completely in today's world, except MAYBE those who speak a prayer before meals. Why did we genocide and exterminate such wonderful peoples worldwide? It breaks my heart to this very day when I think of that. There was a period in my life for literally perhaps 2 years I cried for all the tribes killed so mercilessly daily. In my secret loneliness I cried for them all. Yes,it is true, we can be lonely, quite lonely when surrounded by people..... ~darylluke.


  5. I think the point is being missed here. It is the sheer brutality of which this is done. You can't compare this to a hunter in the wild unless that hunter jumped on the back of a deer and viciously stabbed it to death. Killing humanely is one thing, brutally massacring is another.

    1. Point taken, Canauzzie.
      I am in agreement that the methods used are archaic and not for the squeamish.
      I have 9 years experience as a govt meat processing inspector and auditor. An essential component of my work was to ensure all animals were instantly rendered insensitive to pain and enforce strict adherence to ethical, humane standards. Years ago this was not the case and we have progressed a long way in developed countries in the humane treatment of animals for human consumption.
      If this 'harvest' were to continue, what I would have thought appropriate in this case, with the technology available today, is some way of instantly rendering the fish insensitive to pain and distress, in line with international humane protocol. As I have no expertise in fish processing I cannot offer a suggestion as to how that could be achieved.
      If they have not already done so, perhaps the author(s) of the article could contact the appropriate people and use their energy to lobby for humane standards to be adopted in the Faroe Islands.
      In my opinion, this article portraying a group of frenzied madmen gleefully and randomly hacking and butchering poor innocent fish to death with murderous and barbaric intent is exaggerated, inaccurate and unhelpful.

  6. The barbarity of it today is startling but from what i read...this is an age old probably wasn't very pretty seeing natives in loincloths do this age old custom one hundred years ago, if it goes that far back.
    However, we have video of aborted viable children torn apart for choice and greed everyday.....much more barbaric.
    You have to go back to Mengele to match that level of barbarity.


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