Dolphin killing in Denmark is a ritual requirement for teen passage to manhood, at least in the Faroe Islands. The whole town comes down to the shores, including children whom are kept out of school for the event so they can watch the ritual slaughter of the Calderon Dolphins. They all gather at the bloody shores and watch the bloodbath and listen to the cries of wounded and suffering dolphins like it was a festival of which the local residents proudly claim as their heritage and culture.
Before you go starting a vigil against Denmark, let me set the record straight first of all. The Faroe Islands is an island group and are located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The islands are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland since 1948 and are not a part of the European Union nor are its citizens members of the EU even if they are Danish citizens living in the Faroe Islands. They are not regulated by the International Whaling Commission for that matter either.
Dolphin Killing in Denmark
The islands were first settled over a thousand years ago by the Norse, and claim that their ritual of dolphin killing has been a part of their heritage ever since. Problem with that theory is that years ago, many, many years ago in fact, their ancestors used spears and handmade unmotorized boats like canoes one would imagine. Today, however, they are using motor boats and herding them into a fiord where they eventually become trapped and helpless victims of the onslaught. The major complaint by many is that if they are so stuck in ritual traditions, then why not use the same strategy, weapons and boats that their ancestors did and give the animals half a fighting chance. Talk about shooting fish in a barrel!
Other opponents of this practice including animal rights activists contend that there are sufficient other sources of food on the islands and that this barbaric ritual hunt is obsolete, cruel, and completely unnecessary from a survival standpoint. One more important point to consider is that the chief medical officers of the Faroe island recommended that the dolphin and pilot whale meat not be considered fit for human consumption anymore in late 2008. They deem these meats unfit for humans due to the high levels of mercury and other toxins found in the meat and is deemed unhealthy if eaten regularly.
Even as they continue with the rituals now, more and more of the islanders are beginning to speak up about the negativity of the annual ritual killings. The whole idea of all the people, men, women, children and toddlers watching the horrific ritual of which has little sustenance value anymore is both immoral and barbaric.Another point to consider of why is this is still going on is that the Calderon Dolphin population, which are a regular victim of this ritual is on the decline. We can compare this ritual to that of another ritual of young males going on their first deer hunt which is typically a federally sanctioned season to keep the deer population in balance and healthy, and that a head or heart shot is much more humane that clubbing to death a struggling animal.
Some of the experts may go as far as claiming that the Calderon dolphins and pilot whales are not the only victims of an outdated and senseless tradition. For a society as a whole to indoctrinate their young men to participate in such activity in order to become a man or just to be accepted into the society of Faroe can be termed as is a insensitive level of human behavior in an otherwise somewhat civilized world, although we still have room for improvement around the globe.
Video of Faroe Islands ritual (Caution: Extreme violence and cruelty to animals, do not watch if you are underage or don’t like violence or bloodshed!):
The contemptible ritual of killing dolphins as a demonstration of macho male maturity is only surpassed by the outrageous animal slaughter conducted in the annual gruesome Canadian baby seal hunt, however the primary difference is that the Canadian seal clubbing is done by adult men and not teenagers, who are being taught and egged on by adults in the Faroe Islands as part of the Dolphin killing in Denmark. We could say grow up already, or modify your traditions, because seriously, beating a poor, defenseless dolphin to death after herding them up with motorboats isn’t even sport, much less manly, it is, however, wrong.