Two crew members of an Icelandic fishing vessel have caused a global outrage after they filmed themselves hacking off the tail of a shark and then laughing as they threw it into the river. The disturbing video captures the utter cruelty of the men as they enjoy the scene of a suffering creature trying to swim without a tail.
The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) posted the video showing one man taunting “Good luck trying to swim, you punk.” They then film each other laughing at the suffering.
The men were later fired, according to the owners of the vessel, the Bíldsey SH 65.
This is one of those moments where one feels like you are watching a different species of person devoid of even a hint of humanity. The men are not simply unmoved by the obvious pain to an animal but they are thrilled by watching its suffering.
However, believe it or not, it is not clearly illegal to engage in such wanton cruelty in Iceland.
The videotape is available here.