A tradition of dolphin hunting in the Faroe Islands has led to international outcry after more than 1,400 dolphins were killed in one day, leaving a beach doused in blood. The BBC reports that on Sunday, boats herded a pod of white-sided dolphins into shallow waters at Skalabotnur beach in Eysturoy — roughly 400 miles from Iceland — and killed them with knives. The remains of the dolphins were placed on the shore to be distributed among locals for consumption. Supporters say it is a part of their cultural identity, a tradition that dates back hundreds of years on the remote islands. Yet, the sheer number of dolphins killed over the weekend has brought renewed attention to the practice. Animal rights and conservation organizations have long called for an end to grindadrap. Sea Shepherd, an international marine conservation organization, tweeted a graphic image showing some of the 1,428 dolphins that were killed. They said they are hoping that pressure will build from within the Faeroe Islands to put an end to it.
“Only after I became active in women’s issues did I realize that my veganism was related to those very issues. Dairy and eggs don’t just come from cows and chickens, they come from female cows and female chickens. We’re exploiting female bodies and abusing the magic of female animals to create eggs and milk. It doesn’t take a lot to draw the line from how we treat animals to how we treat humans.”
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