The seventh hunt of the season has taken place on the Faroe Islands with a total of 11 pilot whales killed. The slaughter took place in Fuglafirði yesterday and brings the total kills for the 2015 season to 501 pilot whales.
Nearly 4,000 pilot whales have been killed since the beginning of 2010, raising serious human health, animal welfare and conservation concerns. Pilot whales live in tight-knit social groups and many are killed in front of their family members. Once driven to the shore, blunt-ended metal hooks inserted into their blowholes are used to drag the whales up the beach or in the shallows, where they are killed with a knife cut to their major blood vessels.