For hundreds of years the people of the Faroe Islands have been herding migrating pilot whales from the sea into shallow water and slaughtering them. The slaughter, known by the Faroese term ‘grindadráp‘ or ‘grind’, is a brutal and bloody tradition that wipes-out entire family groups of whales and dolphins at one time. After being driven into fjords, distressed whales beach themselves or are dragged to shore by their blowholes with gaff hooks. A spinal lance is then used to cut the whale’s spine as they lie dying next to family members. Some suffer for as much as 30 seconds while others can take up to four minutes to die. For these animals, whose intimate family relationships and capacity to suffer is well documented, the grind delivers a lengthy, harrowing and traumatic death.