The sickening sight of a blood-soaked sea after a massacre is the stuff of horror films
Every year hundreds of highly intelligent pilot whales experience mind-blowing brutality. Herded to their deaths by humans refusing to evolve beyond their primitive traditions.
How do we measure the worth of a living thing? If the measure is intelligence, then the slaughter of these beautiful creatures is, undoubtedly, murder. There are cultures on earth that still believe cannibalism is acceptable. This horrifies us, understandably. So too should the slaughter of any intelligent creature.
Elephants, dolphins, whales and the great apes share advanced cognitive features with us. Unlike other animals, they are capable of self-awareness. The brains of pilot whales are similar to elephant brains. They even have more neocortical neurons than humans, more than any other mammal.
“Science tells us that animals can have cognitive faculties that are superior to human beings“
– Dr. Arthur Saniotis, University of Adelaide, School of Medical Sciences
Pilot whales are immensely intelligent and extremely social
Family connections are loyal, with matriarchal pods staying together for generations. “Babysitting” behaviors exist in their groups. Male relatives will take care of calves on their own.
When they witness the en masse slaughter of their loved ones, they feel all the horror and grief that a human would.
Many groups actively plead with the Faroese to give up their traditional grindadráp (the grind). The most vocal organization is Sea Shepherd. For many years they have worked tirelessly to redirect whale pods out of these fjord death traps. However, they meet with immense resistance from the Faroese.
The Faroe Islands are extremely remote
Located 655 km from the Northern European coast, for centuries they have had to live a self-sustained existence. The Faroese argue that due to limited resources, whale meat is vital to their survival. However, globalization can now facilitate alternative survival methods. No longer does this excuse hold any weight.
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