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Faroe Islands - dolphin slaughter

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Daisymae Wed 15-Sep-21 09:16:58

Last weekend around 1500 dolphins were horribly massacred in the Faroes, highest number ever. Even locals who are used to this annual event were sickened by the sheer numbers. There's no way such a small population could eat them so the remains will be buried. Just to satisfy some revolting bloodlust. What is wrong with the humanity?

Smileless2012 Wed 15-Sep-21 09:23:09

It's just too horrible for words Daisymae the mass slaughter of such beautiful creatures and for whatangry.

Riverwalk Wed 15-Sep-21 10:05:13

I heard a graphic report on the World Service overnight - there were so many dolphins and too few people to kill them, so the vast majority were left to a lingering death.

VioletSky Wed 15-Sep-21 10:22:56

I had no idea this happened. I've just read a news article and that's so so upsetting.

Some cultural traditions need to be left behind. There are other ways to honor or remember old traditions without actually doing it.

Daisymae Wed 15-Sep-21 10:51:14

They're doing it because they like it and because they can. I'm hoping that there's enough if an outcry at this wanton cruelty that some measure be introduced to effectively ban it.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Sep-21 10:55:59

This barbaric slaughter may at last have reached the world. There have been protests/lobbying etc since the 1980s but sadly to little effect.

I remember being appalled about this in 1983 when one of my children was doing a project on whales and I came across it - but now the media is streaming the images across the world I really hope this will have some impact.

Truly horrible.

Helen657 Wed 15-Sep-21 11:00:45

I’ve read an article about it this morning with some disturbing photos - it”s totally barbaric and the sheer numbers of dolphins involved make it impossible to justify for any reason including cultural traditions.
What is wrong with some people?

Kate1949 Wed 15-Sep-21 11:01:52


DillytheGardener Wed 15-Sep-21 11:11:04

Yes I remember my son going through a whales and dolphins phase, and he discovered pictures of the faroes island kills, and became very upset, he joined as a green peace member after that.

Unbelievable that it is still going, there really needs to be a tourism boycott and sanctions.

lavenderzen Wed 15-Sep-21 11:12:36


maddyone Wed 15-Sep-21 11:14:30

Oh no, how horrible.

nightowl Wed 15-Sep-21 11:34:30

Not wishing to rain on anyone’s parade, but 4,537,480,000 animals have been slaughtered in the UK this year up to now. It’s increasing by about 300 per second. I don’t see any difference except we keep our cultural practices hidden.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Sep-21 12:02:21

I don’t think you are raining on anything here nightowl.
We can condemn more than one thing at a time.

It feels particular dreadful to me if sentient beings are killed and then their remains are simple wasted and basically treated as “waste” to be disposed of.

GillT57 Wed 15-Sep-21 12:27:22

This disgusting slaughter cannot be excused on the grounds of tradition. Maybe due to this year's slaughter being so very over the top, people will take notice, many have been campaigning to no avail, for years. I am also appalled by the 'tradition' in Malta of catching song birds on their migratory paths, and killing them.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Sep-21 12:48:40

Yes Gill and then there's the olive harvesting too in some areas.

Whatdayisit Wed 15-Sep-21 13:28:24


Yes Gill and then there's the olive harvesting too in some areas.

M n S olive oil is bird free and reasonably priced.

The slaughter is horrendous and sick. My mum campaigned against this when we were kids, and, the clubbing of baby seals in Canada, yet it is all still happening.
The Danes have a similar tradition. It's barbaric.

BlueBelle Wed 15-Sep-21 14:58:22

Have any of you watched the film I don’t think you ll ever eat fish again it’s barbaric at the worse
Killing tuna and the sea is red
The Faroe Islands and the Northern European countries are barbaric in their treatment of fish and it’s all so horrible
I hope this brings it home to the world
Whales Dolphins tuna all slaughtered in the most barbaric way it breaks my heart when I read about it

Jillyjosie Wed 15-Sep-21 16:52:04

The same slaughter of dolphins goes on in Taiji, Japan and has done for years. I used to campaign about it. They do it through the winter, many are captured and sold to acquaruims and sealife shows, the rest are slaughtered for meat and a few young ones left from the pod will be driven back out to sea to survive as best they can. I imagine most die. It's not just dolphins but other cetaceans as well. I can't bear any longer to look up the statistics but it's thousands.
It used to be done in the open but after campaigns by Sea Shepherd etc, the killing is hidden under tarpaulins. The dolphins are killed by ramming a sharp spike through their blow hole in front of their family. Appalling. I could never visit Japan.

BlueBelle Wed 15-Sep-21 17:14:07

I agree jillyjosie I can’t see how it can go on and on for years and nothing is done The sea is red

vegansrock Wed 15-Sep-21 17:18:30

Disgusting. These dolphins were rounded up by jet skis into a shallow fjord and killed with knives. Tradition is surely another word for habit, and just because something is labelled tradition, doesn’t excuse cruelty and endangering species.

Chestnut Wed 15-Sep-21 17:33:48

I campaigned about the Faroe dolphins some years ago, but they are adamant it is part of their culture and they have the right to carry on. I was so sickened. I'm not sure how you can stop them though. Who will physically be able to prevent them carrying out this slaughter?

I guess it's down to a change in the way they think, but when you are brought up believing something from childhood it's not easy to shift that belief. We see it in religion all the time. It's basically brainwashing from birth.

vegansrock Wed 15-Sep-21 17:50:21

Culture is no excuse for cruelty or driving animals to extinction.

NotSpaghetti Wed 15-Sep-21 19:03:11

I have just revisited the songbirds situation and I had missed that Spanish and Portuguese authorities have now banned night harvesting.
One small win.

TerriBull Wed 15-Sep-21 19:13:17

It's reported every year, utterly horrible and barbaric sad

Caleo Wed 15-Sep-21 19:36:38

I don't even want to think about it. Years ago I wrote to some Danish authroity to complain and the reply was that the Faroes are nor Danish enough(self governing) for Denmark to legislate against the atrocity.