The whole truth about the killing of dolphins in Denmark
• The whole truth about the murder of dolphins in Denmark
In recent years, every summer, articles began to appear about how Denmark ruthlessly killing innocent dolphins for fun, filling the blood of the slain animals coast of the Faroe Islands. These texts are always accompanied by horrible pictures, which depicted the bodies of dead animals. But is it really all happens the way it is described in these articles?
Boats direct flock pilot whales in the Gulf of Sudur in 2012.
Every year in the Faroe Islands slaughter of pilot whales occur - black dolphins. This sight is not very different from any scene in slaughterhouses: a large number of dead bodies of animals, a sea of blood and people butchered carcasses for meat. Of course, in this scene a little pleasant. Similarly, most people prefer not to think about where in fact taken on the table meat for meatballs and kebabs: much easier to take the meat simply as food, not as killed pigs and cows.
The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands at the time of slaughter of pilot whales.
Scenes of dolphins murder is usually presented as a local fun and just a tribute to tradition. This fact disturbs the readers most of all - why kill innocent animals, if you then do not eat meat? What kind of fun is this - to kill animals? In fact, this is not fun: the history of whaling goes back to 1584. At that time, other meat sources on the islands was not, and dolphin meat provided the local population with food for the year ahead.
The slaughter of whales in the Westman, 1854.
Whaling in the Faroe Islands, in 1855.
Later, as the sheep were brought to the island. But today the main diet of the local people is the meat (fish, dolphins, sea birds and sheep), as well as vegetables rather not grow in the harsh climate of the island (where even in summer the temperature rarely rises over 15 ° C), not to mention cereals and fruits . And because the meat of dolphins caught in the summer mostly salted, sun-dried and dried to be eaten in the other seasons of the year.
Sheep grazing in the harsh climate of the Faroe Islands.
Interestingly, the meat and fat grind is not exported and not sold in stores. These products are ready to eat and eat directly to families. That is why in the face day to see such a large crowd of people on the shore. It seems that for such a relatively small number of people on the island dolphin meat too much. However, due to a very specific diet of the locals actually pilot whale constitute only 30% of the produced meat in the islands, and it is completely in the food of the islanders.
Islanders gather at bay, in which the slaughter of dolphins.
Whaling in the Faroe Islands raises many protests among conservationists. It is called inhuman, cruel and pointless. Among the main arguments referred to the fact that the killing of animals takes place inhumane and that such actions threaten the extinction of pilot whales as a species.
Gulf waters turn red while slaughtering dolphins.
And indeed, a few decades ago, pilot whales were killed in the same way as hundreds of years ago - harpoons, which sometimes leads to the fact that the animal was still half alive, even when he was dragged ashore. However, the local organization of the protection of animals on the islands insisted at the time on the use of special copies, which allow to kill an animal just for 1-2 seconds. Punch is in the base of the brain, through which the artery, which is why death occurs immediately, and the water around stained with blood.
The men cut up the carcasses of dolphins.
For the year in the Faroe Islands hammered about 800 dolphins. Although the total number of individuals to grind in this part of the Atlantic is approximately 128,000, and according to numerous studies slaughterhouse fishing on the islands do not cause any significant damage to the population, animal welfare organizations believe that 800 - it's too much.
Black grind meat.
Local residents do not intend to nor reduce the amount of meat consumed grind, much less give it up. For them it is part of the tradition, part of the diet, part of the culture.
Despite the fact that the claims about the killing of dolphins often impose Denmark, as the Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Danish government has no leverage in this matter. With the exception of defense and foreign policy, on the islands on their own to solve almost all matters of state, including the control of whaling.
The dead pilot whale on the beach settlement Hvalba island Suuri.
One of the bays of the Faroe Islands during the harsh winter.