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Lewis Hamilton blasts ‘upsetting’ annual slaughter of dolphins
Lewis Hamilton is an outspoken animal rights activist. Image: Lewis Hamilton on Instagram

Vegan Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton has slammed the slaughter of whales and dolphins in a furious social media post.

The vegan athlete shared a disturbing image from Save the Reef which exposes the yearly killing of sea life in the Faroe Islands.

“This is so upsetting. How can you honestly do this to another being. Disgusted! #Repost@karmagawa,” he wrote.

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This is so upsetting. How can you honestly do this to another being. Disgusted! #Repost @karmagawa ・・・ Repost from @savethereef ⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ How is this barbaric killing of whales and dolphins still legal? This annual slaughter takes place in the Faroe Islands and the typically blue sea turns into a horrifying red color due to the countless bodies of dead whales and dolphins. Apparently, this tradition goes back to the year 1584 and it‘s a communal activity where all the locals get together to ruthlessly slaughter hundreds of whales and dolphins. How are the whales killed? The fishermen enter the water in boats and as soon as pods of whales arrive close to the bay, they surround them and lead them towards land to be beached and slaughtered. When the whales are close enough, a hook is inserted into their blowholes to bring them further up the shore and their necks are then stabbed with a spinal lance and their spinal cords are severed, which further cuts the blood supply to its brain. The whale loses consciousness and dies within a few seconds. An entire pod of whales can be killed in less than 10 minutes and the entire community pitches in the slaughtering while it takes place in plain sight. Reportedly, each whale is recorded and regulated by authorities and the Danish people claim that this practice is not cruel and is carried out in regard to international laws. But we ask how can this be a law? Approximately 500 cetaceans have now been killed ‘for food’ in these islands since the beginning of 2019. Let’s hear what your thoughts — is this tradition of slaughter cruel and should it be stopped or be allowed to continue? #savethedolphins #karmagawa #savethewhales #savethereef

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Hamilton is an outspoken animal rights activist, and regularly encourages his millions of fans to show compassion for animals on social media.

The post Hamilton shared from @savethereef asks: “How is this barbaric killing of whales and dolphins still legal? This annual slaughter takes place in the Faroe Islands and the typically blue sea turns into a horrifying red color due to the countless bodies of dead whales and dolphins.”

Lewis Hamilton is an outspoken animal rights activist. Image: Lewis Hamilton on Instagram

Activist

Hamilton regularly posts to his 11 million Instagram followers about animal cruelty and veganism.

Last year he posted an image of a dead mother pig and her piglets which had been dumped in a bin, beside the message: “This is the price of your bacon.”

And he was named as an ‘ally of animals’ in an award from PETA due to his outspoken vegan activism.

The racing driver recently revealed he’s bulked up since switching to a plant-based diet, and is feeling fitter than ever.

He wrote: “This was a couple of years ago, I was 68kg (150lb). I’ve had to be that weight for the past 12 years and finally rules change this year and I can eat a little more and bulk up. I’m at 75kg (165lb) now and happier.”

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Published by Oli Gross

Oli Gross is a writer and editor at Totally Vegan Buzz. His background is in local newspaper and magazine journalism, and his work has included reporting court cases, celebrity interviews, business analysis, food and drink features and government legislation. Oli’s career and personal ethical values both help shape his reporting of the diverse world of veganism. At Totally Vegan Buzz he specialises in breaking news and features on animal rights activism. Follow him on Twitter @Oli_Gross12

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