Image: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
“The chaos of killing large groups of these intelligent, social whales inevitably results in shocking cruelty. A highly modern community killing over 1,100 whales in this way is completely unacceptable.” Joanna Toole, Marine Mammals Programmes Manager for the World Society for the Protection of Animals
The sea is stained red with blood – the blood of hundreds of pilot whales, flowing into the waters off the Faroe Islands as the sea creatures are slaughtered. The small-toothed whales have been rounded up and beached in shallow waters, and now the whalers wield knives while children play close-by. Later, the meat will be divided amongst the people, either to be frozen or preserved by more traditional means – salting or air-drying. First, though, there is the butchery to deal with.