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Just when I thought that seeing the wild birds being transported to the town’s market for trade and eventually slaughtered was grim enough, look what other nationalities and cultures do in their “backyards.”
In Japan and Denmark, locals have a celebration for hunting and a killing season for dolphins considered part of their culture handed down from generation to generation.
This happen every year in Faroe Islands sandwiched between the north Atlantic ocean and the Norwegian sea. Faroe is an autonomous constituent country in the kingdom of Denmark. In Japan, the killings occur in the town of Taiji of Higashimuro district in Wakayama prefecture, Honshu island.
The dolphin slaughter in Japan was highlighted and thanks to the documentary movie “The Cove” which made many people, outside of Taiji and the circles of wildlife conservation and protection movements around the world, become interested, aware and concerned individuals.
In Faroe, hunting season has just ended this August while in Taiji it begins on September 1st.
As hundreds of (this link leads to Wikipedia.org) pilot whales are herded and killed for their meat and blubber, the government of Faroe islands condone the killing. It even justifies the method used in the hunt-killing by severing the spinal cord and carotid arteries by knife cuts to the animals’ neck is humane.
The pilot whale hunt is referred to in Faroe as the grind. As for the mayor of Taiji, the mere showing of the movie will not change ever their hunt despite outrage and western critics around the conservation movement. So with the hunt in Faroe.
Lately, the Faroe food and veterinary agency disclosed that the liver and kidneys of pilot whales were not suitable for consumption due to the high level of methyl mercury, the insecticide DDT, and polychlorinated biphenyls- a potent carcinogen. This is also the current findings in Taiji.
Who should call an end for the Faroe island whale hunt? And what about the one in Taiji? Since there is no good reasons for both, who will enforce an end to the slaughter?