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Water turns into blood bath as white-sided dolphins are killed on Faroe Islands (8 Pics)

Horrifying footage shows water turned red as dolphins are slaughtered in a frenzied bloodbath in the Faroe Islands.
A clip taken by activist group Sea Shepherd shows the animals being killed in an centuries-old tradition known as grindadráp.
Laughing fishermen are seen wading in the water as the bodies of dead dolphins are pulled ashore.
The animals are killed after being driven into shallow waters.
And heartbreaking pictures taken in the village of Hvalvik show the animals with large gaping wounds caused by villagers' weapons.
Sea Shepherd, which opposes the killings, has been documenting occasions when dolphins are slaughtered, and says it is the 11th time this year this has happened.
It has called on the Faroe Islands, which is a Danish protectorate, and Denmark's government, to end the killings.
Up to 1,000 dolphins could be killed this year in the ritual, which dates back to the 16th century.
Animal activist group PETA said in a statement: "Metal hooks are driven into the stranded mammals' blowholes before their spines are cut.
"The animals slowly bleed to death.
"Whole families are slaughtered, and some whales swim around in their family members' blood for hours.
"Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent creatures and feel pain and fear every bit as much as we do."
The government in the Faroe Islands says the ritual is sustainable, and provides valuable income to people living there.
Comedian Ricky Gervais has been among millions to speak out against the annual culling in previous years.
Gervais tweeted in 2015: "Tragic whale slaughter in Faroe Islands.
"It's good we've found a twin Earth because we're really f***ing up this one."

A government spokesman has previously defended the act, telling Mirror Online : "The use of locally available wildlife is a natural part of life in the Faroe Islands.
"The pilot whale hunt is dramatic and bloody by its nature. Entire pods of whales are killed on shores and in shallow bays at open sight.
"Naturally, this results in a lot of blood in the water.
"The government of the Faroe Islands states that it is the right of the Faroese people to use its natural resources.
"The pilot whale hunt is regulated and sustainable, and a natural part of Faroe Island life."



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