More than 100 white-sided dolphins and pilot whales were killed by fishermen in a disturbing Facebook Live clip.
The graphic footage captures the fishermen laughing as they slash the animals’ necks in the water with knives and use ‘spinal lances’ to sever their spinal cords. The water surrounding the dying animals quickly becomes red with blood
The massacre happened in the Faroe Islands, and was the 11th hunt carried out during the archipelago’s 2018 hunting season.
Animal rights campaigners have condemned the brutal act. Marine wildlife charity Sea Shepherd shared the footage on social media.
‘This is beyond sickening,’ wrote one Facebook user. Another posted: ‘This makes me so angry.’
Hundreds of dolphins and whales are killed off the coast of the Faroe Islands each summer.
The locals enjoy a diet rich in dolphin and whale meat, blubber and other body parts. The government insists the hunts are sustainable.
A spokesman for the Faroese government told Mail Online: ‘Whaling is a natural part of Faroese life and an important supplement to the livelihoods of Faroe Islanders.
‘All meat, including whale meat, involves the slaughter of animals.
‘There is no doubt that the pilot whale hunts are a dramatic sight to people unfamiliar with the hunts and slaughter of mammals.
The hunts are, nevertheless, well organised and fully regulated. ‘Faroese animal welfare legislation, which also applies to whaling, stipulates that animals shall be killed as quickly and with as little suffering as possible.
‘The methods used ensures that the whales lose consciousness and die within a few seconds. Normally, the entire pod of whales is killed in less than 15 minutes.
‘It has long since been internationally recognised that pilot whale catches in the Faroe Islands are fully sustainable.’