The images present dozens of whales being herded right into a bay the place they’re killed, the ocean turning purple with their blood.
The hunt passed off within the bay of Sandavágur on the western island of Vágar on July 30 and concerned pilot whales, in accordance with the federal government of the Faroe Islands. It was one in all a number of authorized hunts that happen each summer time within the archipelago. It was documented by Alastair Ward, who mentioned he was visiting to have a good time his commencement from the College of Cambridge within the UK.
In an announcement to CNN on Friday, the Faroese authorities described whaling as a “pure a part of Faroese life” and rejected accusations that the killings have been ritualistic or frivolous.
“The meat and blubber of pilot whales have lengthy been — and proceed to be — a valued a part of the nationwide weight-reduction plan within the Faroe Islands,” the assertion mentioned. “Catches are shared largely with out the change of cash among the many members in a whale drive and the local people. Every whale offers the communities with a number of hundred kilos of meat and blubber — meat that in any other case needed to be imported from overseas.”
A world ban on business whaling has been in impact for the reason that 1980s however has no impact on these hunts, since many of the meat is shared across the neighborhood fairly than bought. An EU ban on whaling additionally carries no weight, for the reason that Faroe Islands are usually not a part of the bloc.
Though the hunts are authorized, European and world organizations have criticized them, together with Individuals for the Moral Remedy of Animals (PETA), Humane Society Worldwide and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
The Faroese authorities denies that the animals undergo extensively, pointing to right now’s extra humane strategies of corralling the animals into the bay and killing them.