Two activists undercover in the Faroe Islands have discovered horrendous, illegal, and surreptitious whaling practices happening there.
The activists disguised themselves as fishermen and in addition to doing research, they observed at least one hunt of pilot whales on the island of Sandoy.
The hunt the activists witnessed was horrifying to imagine. Firstly, the pod of pilot whales that was driven to the town of Husavik was much too large to be killed in one session by the town’s population, which has a large percentage of elderly citizens. As a result, the whales were killed over the course of two days.
The whales to be slaughtered on the second day were tied by their tails to boats, a violation of Faroe law. The whales “thrashed about in panic” all night trying to get to their family, according to the activists.
After spending their night panicked, tied by their tails in blood red water, the remaining whales were killed the next day.
The residents of the Faroe Islands contend that hunting pilot whales is a traditional community activity with no commercial component.
But not only did the activists witness commercial selling of whale meat, it’s a mathematical certainty there’s a commercial aspect. The amount of meat gained from that single hunt was enough to allow every single man, woman and child on the island of Sandoy to eat a 7 ounce whale steak every day for a year. That’s simply unrealistic because the high levels of mercury and PCBs in pilot whale meat make it a serious health risk to consume more than once a month for your average person. Additionally, Faroe Island physicians say that women and children who are, or might become, pregnant should avoid pilot whale meat entirely.
“Tradition” is the refrain of cultures that continue impractical, cruel, outdated practices like whale hunting. The people of the Faroe Islands insist that hunting pilot whales is a cultural tradition that should be preserved. But when the hunts are cumbersome and provide an excess of meat that is even worse for one’s health than beef and chicken, the only motivation for continuing this “tradition” is commercial.
What is called a cultural tradition is nothing more than a for-profit aquatic slaughterhouse.
The undercover activists on the Faroe Islands reported seeing deception at every level. Allegedly, police were breaking the law by sanctioning the hunt’s illegal practices like tying the whales to boats. And according to reports, the meat was being sold on the open market, which has always been denied by the Faroe people.
The activists saw blatant violations of animal welfare guidelines and one said it was “incomprehensible” that the governments of both the Faroe islands and the Danish mainland would continue to lie about the hunts.
Whale hunting is like all other animal industries in that it profits from cruelty and murder, benefits from lax oversight by so-called “animal protection” agencies, and will continue as long as there is an economic incentive. Go vegan and take away that incentive. Boycott all animal products and speak out against cruel and absurd cultural “traditions” that perpetuate violence and murder against innocent animals.
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