142 pilot whales were slaughtered last night on the beach at Torshavn, the capital of Denmark's Faroe Islands. 1,100 people and more than a hundred boats participated, backed up by two Danish Navy warships the Triton and the Knut Rasmussen.
Earlier in the day, more than a hundred pilot whales were also slain in an orgy of slaughter on the island of Vagur.
Four Sea Shepherd crewmembers were arrested at Vagur, two on the beach by the Faroese police and two arrested at sea by the Danish Navy. Last night another volunteer was arrested at Torshavn and a second had his camera taken and the video deleted.
These people are volunteers driven to action in the face of abject cruelty. They are opposing this atrocity with only two "weapons," their cameras and their bodies. They have been abused, their human rights slapped aside, and today five of them remain locked up in a Faroese jail on charges of willful compassion. In the Faroes, empathy is a crime and kindness is ridiculed.
The Faroese have been celebrating their lethal victory over the whales. With between 200 and 300 corpses lying on the beaches, their bellies ripped open, their guts spilling onto the sand and the waters stained with blood, the Faroese appear to be gloriously happy, almost drunk with the thrill of slaughter.