A 1200 year tradition of killing. How long will we continue to look on and then look the other way?
You might think a comment like that came from the days when Rome sent Christians to their deaths in the arena.
Or you might think that it was a cult massacre, or worse – a third world country dictator extending his tyranny on defenseless people.
Pictures come to mind of senseless insanity, innocence and love – a thing of the past, while the taste for blood fills hungry mouths of onlookers.
A rite of passage?
A tradition that has occurred for over 1200 years?
If we were to hear that such cruelty and murder were to be levied on humans, those guilty of the crime would be dealt with severely, if not hanged or imprisoned but since the victim is really “only a dolphin or a whale
,” onlookers at this grisly custom, look on with happy faces.
“Well, it is tradition, after all!”
It appears that the tradition is also tied into the rite of a young boy becoming a man.
Bowhead whales are herded into a small cove, similar to the cove in Taiji, Japan. There, in waist-deep water, young men and older, more “seasoned” men, wade into the water with clubs and metal spikes. Brutally and far from humane, squeals of wounded and dying whales spurt blood and die, while men shake their sons’ hands, congratulating each other on the day’s kill.
In another more educated part of the world, Switzerland has passed new laws banning the capture and containment of dolphins because Switzerland believes these creatures to be self-aware.
Not so for the Faronese.
The seas run red with blood as they calmly count the dead.
Sixty-three pilot whales are dead. How many people will these dead whales feed and for how long? The whale meat
is not a staple of the Faronese anymore, having been replaced with beef, chicken, fish and shellfish.
So why kill more? It seems the plastic record is broken and playing the same tune over and over again, without care or concern for the lives taken or the environment destroyed.
We have heard that tune before. It’s been played in Japan, Africa, China and Korea. And yet, it is the same tune that man has played even on his own. Look at the Smithsonian walls of the lost tribes of American Indians. So many cultures have been lost due to man’s inhumanity to man.
Isn’t it time that we care about our actions and actually become stewards of this tiny, frail, blue planet?