100 bottlenose dolphins stabbed to death in Faroe Islands: it is the second worst massacre of the species
She Shepherd has released images of the latest massacre in the Faroes, which cost the lives of 100 bottlenose dolphins. Not so many had been killed since 1898.
At the Faroe Islands, the umpteenth has been consumed slaughter by cetaceans. This time to end up under the blows of knives and the other white weapons of the Forest was a whole branch composed of 100 specimens of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncated). This is the dolphin par excellence, to whose species also the famous one belongs Flipper of the TV series.
These dolphins are not among the species normally hunted in the Faroe Islands, however, in the latter Pelvic floor (the “traditional hunting”), it was decided to exterminate the pod. I marine mammals they were pushed to beach with boats in the Baia di Skálabotnur – through a proven technique based on terror – and once in range they were attacked by angry men, who raged with blades.
The horrendous images of the slaughter – we advise you to click on the link only if you have a very strong stomach – were released by the environmental organization Sea Shepherd, for years on the front line against this anachronistic barbarism. In some cases, the specimens exhibit wounds caused by the propellers of boats.
The same cruelty had been inflicted last year when a whole pack of 1500 acute lagenorinks (other dolphins) was exterminated in the same bay. The massacre raised the indignation of the international community at the number of specimens killed, but nothing has changed since then. The cetaceans continue to be slaughtered with knives and other blades, which are stuck behind the head to sever the spinal cord.
Animals often face terrible agony, while they are forced to watch helplessly the extermination of their relatives and companions, amidst the desperate cries and the acrid smell of the blood that expands in the bay. For intelligent and social animals such as dolphins, inflicting such torture is unheard of cruelty, oozing pure inhumanity.
Another killed bottlenose dolphin was left at the bottom of the bay. Credit: Sea Shepherd / Facebook
The slaughter of the poor bottlenose dolphins is having a strong media echo precisely because this species loved by everyone is not combined with grindadraps. Among the most affected cetaceans are the globicewaves and the aforementioned acute lagenorinchi.
According to data reported by Sea Shepherd, the one that took place in the Faroe Islands was the second largest slaughter of bottlenose dolphins ever committed in over 120 years. The previous slaughter dates back to 1898 when only one more specimen was killed. This time the victims were exactly 99, among them 98 adults it’s a piccolo. There was also one in the group pregnant female from which fetuses often happen in these circumstances.
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A specimen of bottlenose dolphin in the Ligurian Sea. Credit: Andrea Centini
On the occasion of this monstrosity, Sea Shepherd also announced that it had documented the farce of the course to become a cetacean hunter. The Faroese defend themselves by saying that all participants are “trained” people, who know what they have to do to kill animals “quickly and painlessly”.
But in reality, the course lasts only an hour and is only theoretical: no one teaches how to handle sidearms and you can take the certification without listening tod of what is said. As explained by Sea Shepherd, you just need to be at least 16 years old, participate and receive the piece of paper to get permission to slaughter marine mammals at one of the most disgusting festivals of violence and blood on the planet.