The meat from the kill is divided up among the communities of the Faroe Islands, where they have consumed the whale meat for over a thousand years.
Pilot whales are not the only sea creatures killed as a part of their annual tradition; beaked whales and dolphins are also hunted.
The Faroe Islanders have been practicing the tradition carried down from their Viking ancestors for centuries, and show no signs of stopping.
But the way in which the whales die is troubling the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). They say that after the whales’ spines are severed, they are left to bleed to death slowly.
Though whaling is not permitted in Denmark, the Faroe Islands are self-governing and are therefore entitled to abide by their own laws on whaling.
Against Japanese whaling
The Bob Barker anti-whaling ship arrived yesterday at Hobart, Australia, in the lead-up to Japan’s whaling season.
The ship is manned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and is aiming to prevent the whalers from carrying out their hunt, which the Japanese government has given them another $30 million to carry out.
The Sea Shepherd’s leader Paul Watson says that the Japanese are no longer concerned with the act of whaling, but more about not backing down to the anti-whaling ship.
The same anti-whaling campaign carried out last year had forced the Japanese to return without killing any whales. But this year, they are determined.
The same kind of anti-whaling ship may be able to make a difference in Denmark if it embarked prior to ‘Grindadrap’ next year.