The Faroe Islands is a picturesque volcanic archipelago located between Norway, the United Kingdom and Iceland.
Its name owes to the fact that there are more sheep on its territory than humans. It has been estimated that it is home to more than 70,000 sheep! Because of the strong and gusty winds in this territory, there are hardly any trees. Artificial planting occurs only in larger cities. The homes of the Faroe Islands are extremely charming, as their roofs are thick and green.
The archipelago would certainly be a tempting destination for tourists if not for its remote location and the frightening tradition that is cultivated there every year. It is called Grindadráp, and it consists of the bloody murder of marine mammals. The custom goes back to the times of the Vikings. Then, people had to kill aquatic mammals to survive, but today there is no need for it because the Faeroe people have other things to feed on.
Mass carnage usually arrives in July, when dolphins (mammals of the dolphin family similar to small whales) arrive in the vicinity of the archipelago. Locals drive animals into the bay and kill them with knives and special tools. They often cut their arteries and leave them to bleed. They also do not save other species. Dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, white-lipped dolphins, white-eyed dolphins and porpoises also die at their hands.
The water in the bay changes color to red in the blink of an eye, and the poor animals die in agony. Everybody watches as an excited crowd, including families with children. Within 24 hours, up to 250 individual animals lose their lives! The tradition of Grindadráp is taken very seriously. At the beginning of the twentieth century, special provisions were passed specifying, among other things, the way of killing dolphins. This bloody holiday is not easy to stop, even with international environmental agencies’ involvement or numerous protests by animal rights activists.
The slaughter takes place every year and gathers more and more bloodthirsty people. In 2015, the Sea Shepherd activists intended to stop the massacre, but their actions did not last long. They were arrested by the police for trying to save whales. Later, a dozen or so small fishing boats drove more than 150 individual animals near Bour to the pits of waiting killers who threw themselves at them with ropes, knives, skewers and hooks. The scene looked like the darkest horror movie ever. In the evening, 50 other whales were killed. According to the rules adopted by the Faroe Islands, obstruction of slaughter could mean as much as 2 years in prison!
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