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Brutal Slaughter of Pilot Whales (Viewer Warning Graphic...)
The UK Sun ^ | 6/30/10 | The Sun

Posted on 07/31/2010 8:45:19 AM PDT by Dengar01

THE disembowelled bodies of brutally slaughtered whales line a dockside just 230 miles from Britain - as families with children wander among them.

More than 200 protected pilot whales were hacked to death with knives and sharpened hooks by fishermen who trapped them in coves on the Faroe Islands.

Disturbing images show deep gouges where whalers hacked at the animals to sever their spinal cords. Others show the bodies of unborn calves torn from their mothers' wombs.

Crowds of islanders, including youngsters, gathered to watch the slaughter, known as "the grind".

Anti-whaling activist Peter Hammarstedt, 28, exposed last week's killings by posing as a film-maker in the fishing town of Klaksvik.

He said: "One whale had five to six chops to her head. Her death would have been slow and extremely painful. Some whales are hacked repeatedly for up to four minutes until they finally die. When I got to the docks it was a truly gruesome sight."

Swede Peter, a member of activist group Sea Shepherd, said he counted 236 dead whales before he was recognised by a local and made his escape.

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TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: whales; whalewars
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To: Dengar01

Sorry...all I see there is dinner.

41 posted on 07/31/2010 10:33:10 AM PDT by politicket (1 1/2 million attended Obama's coronation - only 14 missed work!)
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To: A_Cougar


42 posted on 07/31/2010 10:39:25 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: chris_bdba
Actually, the last time I was in a slaughter house the FIRST thing done was to kill the animal. They used a spring loaded captive bolt tool. It looks like a sledge hammer with a 1/2' pin sticking out. Cock the spring with the lever, retracting the pin. A tap on the animal's head triggers the spring release, driving the pin into the brain. Like a shot to the head, but no bullets flying around. Reusable.

I also understand that they come in pistol style and pneumatic powered versions.

Captive Penetrating Bolt Gun Cattle Stunner

Something like this might have caused the "half inch round hole, with no bullet fragments" that was found in the top of Ron Brown's skull.

43 posted on 07/31/2010 10:44:10 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "Hapana Obama")
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To: A_Cougar
Barbaric is too nice for what this is!!!

How do you feel about the way animals are killed by the Kosher method?

Because that was one of the ways the Nazis demonized the Jews, by graphically showing Kosher animal slaughter, and decrying it as "barbaric."

44 posted on 07/31/2010 10:47:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: politicket
The story doesn't really give us much information about what's going on. There is a sentence about the people killing the whales for food but that's it. Is there a reason the eunuch from Whale Wars doesn't want to tell the complete story?
45 posted on 07/31/2010 10:49:52 AM PDT by peeps36 (Obama Wants To Make White People A Minority In America)
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To: Dengar01

“If you are killing for food, fine, I am a meat eater, however, slit the throat don’t start acting like Vikings from the Dark Ages.”

How do you slit the throat on a hundreds of pounds whale swimming toward shore in large steams???

I hope you will educate yourself on this link below!

Take the time to see all the stunning an beautiful photos on the the top banner slide presentation (little slow but great) and then click on the youtube video at the bottom of the page!!

That shows a different rural lifestyle instead of photos from a British tabloid!!!

46 posted on 07/31/2010 10:55:27 AM PDT by danamco (")
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To: born2bfree
In the not to distant past you fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers would do this to feed their families in the front yard with cows, goats, sheep or other animals.

There's a fair chance that when Obama has finished destroying the economy, Americans may be doing this again to keep their families fed.

For most human beings throughout history, the slaughter of food animals has been a necessary part of existence. For the most part, only fat, well-fed people accustomed to buying their meat in clean little anonymous packages can afford the emotional luxury of being horrified by photos or videos depicting the slaughter and butchery of food animals. Let these same people become hungry enough, and they'll rip a food animal apart with their bare hands and eat its meat raw without a second thought, let alone a sentimental tear.

47 posted on 07/31/2010 10:58:47 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: Dengar01
A game for you to play while watching....

48 posted on 07/31/2010 11:03:45 AM PDT by sjm_888
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To: goseminoles
Pilot whale population numbers are unknown, however they are not considered endangered. There are an estimated 1 million long-finned pilot whales and approximately 200,000 short-finned pilot whales worldwide.

Linky Thing: Article Source Above

Whaling in the Faroe Islands has been practiced since about the time of the first Norse settlements on the islands. It is regulated by Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission as there are disagreements about the Commission's competency for small cetaceans. Around 950 Long-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed annually, mainly during the summer. The hunts, called "grindadráp" in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats then drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord.

Most Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history. Animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as being cruel and unnecessary, while the hunters claim in return that most journalists do not exhibit sufficient knowledge of the catch methods or its economic significance.

Whale hunting equipment is legally restricted to hooks, ropes, and assessing-poles for measurement. A boat that has been equipped in such a manner is a pilot whale boat. The pilot whale boat is not a traditional small Faroese rowing boat, neither is it a vehicle used by the coastal navigation, and it does not include the modern Faroese factory fleet. A pilot whale boat simply describes the temporary condition of a small boat during a hunt, which is otherwise used for line fishery or leisure purposes.

When the whalers have met the requirements specified above, the pilot whales can be driven. Whale drives only take place when a school of whales is sighted close to land, and when sea and weather conditions make them possible. The whaling regulations specify how the school of whales is to be driven ashore. The drive itself works by surrounding the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. On the whaling-foreman's signal, stones attached to lines are thrown into the water behind the pilot whales, thus the boats drive the whales towards an authorised beach or fjord, where the whales then beach themselves. It is not permitted to take whales on the ocean-side of the rope. A pilot whale drive is always under supervision of local authorities.

The pilot whales that are not beached were often stabbed in the blubber with a sharp hook, called a gaff (in Faroese sóknarongul), and then pulled ashore. But, after allegations of animal cruelty, the Faroese whalers started using blunt gaffs (in Faroese blásturongul) to pull the whales ashore by their blowholes. Today, the ordinary gaff is only being used to pull killed whales ashore. The blunt gaff became generally accepted since its invention in 1993, and it is not only more effective, but it is also more humane by comparison to the other gaff. However, anti-whaling groups such as Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) claim that the partial blocking and irritation of the airway hurts and panics the animal.

Furthermore, in 1985 the Faroe Islands outlawed the use of spears and harpoons in the hunt, as it considers these weapons to be unnecessarily cruel to animals.

Once ashore the pilot whale is killed by cutting the dorsal area through to the spinal cord with a special whaling knife, a grindaknívur. Given the circumstances during a pilot whale hunt, the whaling knife is considered the safest and most effective equipment with which to kill the whales. Naturally since the whales are killed manually death cannot, by definition, be instantaneous. The length it takes for a whale to die varies between a few seconds to a few minutes, with the average time being 30 seconds.

Linky Thing: Article Source Above

49 posted on 07/31/2010 11:23:11 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: sjm_888

Can I borrow that for the Whale Wars live thread on Friday?

50 posted on 07/31/2010 11:25:08 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Dengar01; OKSooner; JerseyHighlander; Mad Dawgg; tupac; smartyaz; mowowie; Thunder90; mojo114; ...
Whale hunting on the Faroe Islands, a Danish constituent country. The economy of these islands relied almost entirely on fishing until the industry collapsed in the early 1990's. Records of this type of hunt date back to 1584. The images are graffic if you are squeemish.

Keep in mind that the pictures were taken by one of the Sea Shepherds (Peter Hammarstedt, the little rat faced hippie) and it is from the UK Sun, so it's more than a little biased against whaling.

From the Faroe Minister of Fisheries:

The pilot whale hunt in the Faroes is, by its very nature, a dramatic and bloody sight. Entire schools of whales are killed on the shore and in the shallows of bays with knives which are used to sever the major blood supply to the brain. This is the most efficient and humane means of killing these animals under the circumstances, but it naturally results in a lot of blood in the water. It is also understandable that there have been many strong reactions to media reports and pictures of the hunt in other countries, especially in urban communities, where most people have never actually been witness to the slaughtering processes from which their own meat derives.

Please let me know if you wants on/off the Whale Wars Ping List.

51 posted on 07/31/2010 11:45:20 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: tx_eggman

Thanks. Learn something every day. While I may not like it, it is their culture.

52 posted on 07/31/2010 11:46:15 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: BwanaNdege

“In the top of Ron Brown’s skull”

Or no exit wound in Vince Foster? Guess it would be hard to get that in the mouth to penetrate the upper palate though.

53 posted on 07/31/2010 11:57:59 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: culpeper

Peter Hammerstedt is the first mate on one of the Whale Wars ships.

I’m frankly amazed that he could walk the streets without being spotted, especially in a whaling town.

54 posted on 07/31/2010 12:13:53 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Dengar01

At least they didn’t blow them up.

55 posted on 07/31/2010 12:26:22 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Dengar01

If people need to kill these animals to survive, I can accept it. If they don’t, then they should leave these beautiful creatures alone.

As for how it looks, any slaughter house looks just as bad, if not worse. Yes, it’s barbaric, we humans have always been that and worse.

56 posted on 07/31/2010 1:13:31 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: Dengar01
I highly doubt they disembowel the cow

It's the second step of the butchering process (after the kill). You have to separate the meat from the guts that will quickly contaminate it. With four legged animals you hang them by the head and slice open the entire length of the abdomen so all the organs (bowels included) can come spilling out.

57 posted on 07/31/2010 2:36:02 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: danamco
That shows a different rural lifestyle instead of photos from a British tabloid!!!

Good post! This is a part of the world that lives and survives on what little is provided to them by nature.

Unfortunately the rest of the world tries to judge them based on their own sanitized and perfectly orchestrated means of grocery shopping where literally anything they wish is consume is readily available in the fish and produce section........

58 posted on 07/31/2010 3:00:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: Gator113
If people need to kill these animals to survive, I can accept it.

Then you should at least check out the link provided by Danamco..........It don't look like that area of the world has the capacity for any automotive plants.......

59 posted on 07/31/2010 3:13:06 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: sbMKE
I’m frankly amazed that he could walk the streets without being spotted, especially in a whaling town.

Maybe he showered and shaved washed his face.

60 posted on 07/31/2010 4:47:31 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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