Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sea runs RED with BLOOD: 11 pilot whales SLAUGHTERED after being 'harrassed for hours'

THE seas are running red on the “killing beaches” after the latest slaughter of whales on the Faroe Islands.

PUBLISHED: 11:28, Tue, Dec 1, 2015 | UPDATED: 12:06, Tue, Dec 1, 2015

A pod of 11 pilot whales has been slaughtered on in the sixth drive hunt – or grindadráp – of the season.

Conservationist said today that 501 pilot whales have so far been slaughtered this year in the northern archipelago.

While the Faorese authorities say the slaughter is quick, Sea Shepherd campaigners refute the claims and describe the whales’ deaths as “slow and torturous”.

Rosie Kunneke, Sea Shepherd land team leader during its latest pilot whale defence campaign, said: “For an hour and a half these pilot whales were harassed by small boats, driven into the killing beach, hooked by their blowholes, dragged onto the rocks and sand and then slaughtered in the presence of their family members.

“Video and photographs captured by Sea Shepherd earlier this year clearly show the truth of the grindadráp. It is a slow and torturous death. To claim otherwise is a totally outrageous sham.”

Throughout the summer, the Faroese whale drives shocked animal campaigners and led to award-winning actor Martin Sheen writing to the Danish prime minister to criticise its support for the “grinds” by sending in naval vessels against demonstrators.

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