Former sex symbol of the French cinema and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot, and the advocacy group called Sea Shepherd marine life, this Thursday (19), the sovereignty of Denmark to suspend the annual massacre of dolphins in the Faroe Islands , Danish autonomous territory in the North Atlantic.
According to environmentalists, hundreds of pilot whales, which despite the name of the dolphin family are being persecuted to the beach, where they are killed with blows of the knife to death in a bloody ritual of summer.
"This gruesome spectacle is a shame for Denmark and the Faroe Islands," said in a letter addressed to Queen Margrethe II.
"It's not a hunt, but a mass slaughter," according to a French version of the text, which condemned an "old-fashioned tradition that has no basis to justify in today's world."
Christophe Marie, the Foundation Brigitte Bardot, who defends animal rights, said the activists have been monitoring for three weeks the killing of dolphins - an event that dates back thousands of years ago - on board a ship.
"The killing of dolphins was originally designed to give food to people," said Marie told AFP by telephone.
"But this is no longer the case. Yesterday, we found a cemetery of pilot whales in the waters of a fjord. They were all carcasses and were simply discarded," he added.
Bardot Foundation and Sea Shepherd accused Denmark.
Even if the claims that the Scandinavian country of the Faroe Islands, located between Scotland and Iceland, is an autonomous territory, its Navy still controls the fishing area of the islands and protects the boats leading the Dolphins to the coast, they said.
In Torshavn, the main town of the Faroe, Kate Sanderson, official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specializing in cetaceans and educated in Australia, said the description in the letter was "unfounded" and contained "nothing new".
"It's a hunt, like any other hunt, it may seem wild and inhuman. But people who are protesting the fact that these mammals are being killed with knives have never been in a slaughterhouse," needled Sanderson.