Every year, hundreds of pilot whales are slaughtered on the Faroe Islands, a small group of islands north of Europe.
Locals who participate head out on boats to drive these animals into a fjord, using nets to block their way back to sea.
The whales are forced to beach themselves, or are pulled ashore with a blunt hook lodged in their blowholes. Once beached and defenseless these whales are killed by having their spinal cords and major blood vessels cut. It can take up to three and a half minutes for a whale to eventually die.
As well as pilot whales, several species of dolphins are also killed using these same methods.