#UPDATE: Graphic Video of Pilot Whale Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
Sea Shepherd volunteers on the ground in the Faroe Islands have captured horrific scenes of the slaughter of a pod of pilot whales which took place at Hvannasund in the north of the island archipelago yesterday morning.
Video footage of the slaughter shows one of the killers pulling a knife from his pocket, and using it to violently cut a number pilot whales.
Since May 2015, the primary killing method permitted in a grindadráp has been a spinal lance. The use of a knife is reportedly permitted only under special circumstances, though it is not clear what these circumstances are.
“Faroese authorities have made it very clear that they expect Sea Shepherd - and everyone else visiting the Faroe Islands - to follow the very letter of their grind laws. However, it appears that the laws are considerably more relaxed when it comes to the whale hunters themselves. It is obvious that the Faroese authorities are intent on protecting the continuation of this depraved slaughter while paying only lip service to so-called ‘humane’ killing methods." Land Team Leader, Rosie Kunneke of South Africa.