On Wednesday 12th October, 200 pilot whales were driven to a beach in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands and slaughtered.
Pilot whales live in closely bonded groups, they are intelligent animals and watch on as distressed family members are brutally killed. Once driven onto the beach, hunters drag the whales up the beach or into shallow water with blunt-ended hooks that are inserted into their blow holes, the animals are then killed as a knife cuts into major blood vessels.
This latest news from the Faroes is heartbreaking. This cruel and barbaric practice has no place in modern society, and the suffering of these pilot whales is unacceptable.