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Grindrap 2020 - no change in the Faroe Islands

Although the pandemic that has gripped the world has excluded us from many walks of life and caused the cancellation of countless events, concerts, conferences and cultural activities, it has not stopped the annual dolphin slaughter known as Grindadrap. Nearly 300 animals were herded into the shallows of the bay, where they were then butchered
Published: July 28, 2020 - 12:30
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:28
Grindrap 2020 – no change in the Faroe Islands

Although the pandemic that has gripped the world has excluded us from many walks of life and caused the cancellation of countless events, concerts, conferences and cultural activities, it has not stopped the annual dolphin slaughter known as Grindadrap.

Nearly 300 animals were herded into the shallows of the bay, where they were then butchered by the assembled islanders.

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Dolphins killed during Grindgrap Faroe Islands divers24.co.uk
Killed white-sided dolphins photo by Erik Christensen

The pretext for this bloody festival of violence is a local tradition that the locals take very seriously, which dates back to ancient Viking times and today has only a symbolic dimension. Unless you are a dolphin, whale or porpoise, then it is a fight for survival.

The animals are surrounded as they migrate past the coast of Danish territory, and then chased towards the beach, where people and a brutal death await them.

Gulf waters filled with blood after Grindgrap divers24.co.uk
A beach awash with blood after a hunt photo by Erik Christensen

According to information released by Sea Shepherd, 252 longfinned grindwhales and 35 white-beaked dolphins were killed in this year’s Grindadrap, which took place near Hvalba. On average, Farers kill 800 animals a year in this way.

Source: Standard Media
Photo: Sea Shepherd, Erik Christensen/Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0

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