Barbaric Grindadráp Hunt Is Killing Off Pilot Whales In Huge Numbers

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Whales are some of the world’s most majestic and graceful creatures. They’re also some of the most threatened by illegal hunting.

In many corners of the world, whales are protected by a moratorium on hunting set forth by the International Whaling Commission, the Dodo maintains. But whale hunters in Japan claim they are after the animals for scientific purposes, while those in Norway have ignored the moratorium altogether.

Source: YouTube/The Dodo

Source: YouTube/The Dodo

To the west of Norway, in the Faroe Islands, whaling isn’t just legal, it’s celebrated. Hundreds of whales are killed every year in the grindadráp hunt, sometimes up to 250 a day, the Guardian reports, and it’s been going on for centuries.

Source: YouTube/The Dodo

Source: YouTube/The Dodo

Hunters kill both long-finned pilot whales and Atlantic white-sided dolphins in the grindadráp.

Most of these animals are already threatened by diminishing food supplies prompted by the increasing effects of climate change. Hunting them only moves these species that much closer to extinction.

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People like you are playing an important role in saving these innocent whales from slaughter, as well as helping protect the health and lives of the Faroese themselves. High levels of mercury and heavy metal toxins in the whale meat can cause neurological damage, birth defects, and other harm. Click the link below to make a difference!

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