The Faroe Islands has started off its yearly whale chase by killing more than 100 of ocean animals in only 24 hours.
Save the Reef reports an astounding 131 pilot whales were fiercely butchered for the time being, in spite of being secured by the Bern Convention on Wildlife.
The animal protection advocates are protesting for the nation to boycott the tradition that can be traced back up to 1,000 years ago.
It was composed on Instagram: “The Faroese eat dolphin meat and defend a tradition called ‘Grindadrap’, which allowed their ancestors to survive in a hostile climate while today, their supermarkets are full of food of all kinds and yet the hunting persists anyway.
“On average, 800 cetaceans are killed each year in the Faroe Islands in the name of ‘tradition’ despite less than 20 per cent of the islanders even consuming pilot whale meat and blubber anymore.
“Once we spread enough awareness and there is enough public outcry about this then barbaric traditions like this will stop once and for all.”
Blue Planet Society claims a lot more have been killed in the course of recent days and is asking the Faroe government to stop the tradition.
They’ve launched an appeal on Change.org, which has drawn in almost half a million signatures. It approaches the heads of the Faroe Islands and Japan to stop all whaling chases, which are assumed to kill ten thousands of creatures consistently.
Around 100,000 pilot whales swim in the oceans close to the Faroe Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago that sits among Norway and Iceland.
While all hunters need to have a hunting permit, the tradition frequently experiences harsh criticism from animal rights activists.
As per Sea Shepherd UK, the hunt can require hours to finish. Fishermen trap the creatures, and blunt hooks guides are then beaten into their blowholes. The pilot whales are then hauled onto the sand where they have their spinal cords cut.
Back in 2014, Sea Shepherd had the chance to stop the butcher and saved hundreds of creatures.
Nonetheless, the association’s efforts end up being something of a ‘double-edged sword’ as they cause a law prohibiting the entrance of ships to the archipelago