Inhabitants catch and slaughter pilot whales during the traditional ‘Grindadrap’ near the capital Torshavn. Residents of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous province of Denmark, slaughter and eat pilot whales every year. The Faroese are descendents of Vikings, and pilot whales have been a central part of their diet for more than 1,000 years. They crowd the animals into a bay and kill them. ‘Grindadrap’ whaling is not done for commercial purposes, the meat can not be sold and is divided evenly between members of the local community. (via Telegraph)
So, what do we call this then? Sustainable whaling? Social whaling? Let’s just hope that pilot whales aren’t high on the endangered list. You can see how the whales are hered into the killing bay here.