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July 19, 2020 - MEAWW

FAROE ISLANDS: Activists call for ban on 1,000-year-old whale slaughter tradition

FAROE ISLANDS: Activists call for ban on 1,000-year-old whale slaughter tradition
Grindadràp slaughter in Faroe IslandsFile Photo / © Photabulous!

Animal rights activists have called for a ban of the Faroe Islands' annual whale hunt, which they termed as an "insane blood sport" and which sees the waters turn a dark red as hundreds of the mammals are slaughtered.

The Grindadràp, which means slaughter in Faroese, has been practiced in the islands for more than a 1,000 years, as per some estimates, and involves the killing of schools of long-finned pilot whales that often swim in proximity to the islands' shores.

The hunt involves the whales being surrounded by boats, who then drive them into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord, where they are killed by people lying in wait with knives. After the slaughter, the waters turn red, with pictures of the same shared around the world in recent times as calls to ban the "cruel" and "unnecessary" practice have increased in recent years.

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