Warning: This story contains graphic images that may be upsetting to some people.
Between July and September, volunteer members of a conservation organization reportedly documented the Faroe Islands’ grindadrap, during which “migrating pilot whales and dolphins [are] herded towards the shore and slaughtered.” The photos, released Wednesday, are beyond horrifying.
Shocking images show mass whale slaughter in Faroe islands https://t.co/kmE20sFbO2
— Sea Shepherd (@seashepherd) November 9, 2017
According to reports, the images were taken by Sea Shepherd Global volunteers during nine separate hunts. Pilot whales can be seen lying in shallow waters, their throats cut so severely that they appear to be almost decapitated.
— The Independent (@Independent) November 9, 2017
The blood-soaked waters surrounding the murdered cetaceans are bright red, adding to the gruesomeness of the images.
Year after year, the residents of #Faroe Islands, Denmark, gather to slaughter Whales. To wade in their blood. They call it tradition. But not all traditions are good. Slavery used to be a tradition too. pic.twitter.com/MORPIlGXNH
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) November 8, 2017
According to Sea Shepherd Global, 198 Atlantic white-sided dolphins and 436 pilot whales were slaughtered. The conservation group is calling the annual hunt a “senseless slaughter” and hopes the images will help to expose this cruel mass murder of pilot whales and dolphins.
You Can Help to Stop This
These images aren’t just graphic, they’re heartbreaking. Click the button below to contact the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, the Faroe Islands Tourist Board, and the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Urge them to immediately enforce a ban on these bloody massacres.