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    Posted November 8, 2009 by
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    Faroe Islands, Denmark
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    Grindadráp - Slaughter of the Calderon Dolphins

     

    Every year in the Faroe Islands in Denmark (a European Union country), approximately 950 of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins (long-finned pilot whales) are slaughtered.

     

    The hunts, called "grindadráp" in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats then drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord.


    Most Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history. Animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as being cruel and unnecessary, while the hunters claim in return that most journalists do not exhibit sufficient knowledge of the catch methods or its economic significance.


    As of the end of November 2008 the chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption because of the levels of toxins in the whales.

     

    - Wikipedia.org

     

    They don’t die instantly.  They are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hocks.  The dolphins cry sounds like a new-born child.

     

    Click here to join: Calderon Dolphin Facebook Group

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