September 20, 2021

The Faroe Islands slaughtered 1,400 dolphins in one day.

The government of Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish region, was rocked on Tuesday by the killing of more than 1,400 white-faced dolphins in a single day.

“There is no doubt that turquoise whale hunting is a dramatic scene for people unfamiliar with hunting and slaughtering mammals,” a government spokesman told AFP.

“Nevertheless, the hunting is well organized and fully organized,” he said.

The spokesman said that traditionally, the islands of the North Atlantic – with a population of about 50,000 people – hunt pilot whales, not dolphins.

“Usually some of them are ‘grinding’, but we don’t usually kill that many,” said Halor O’Rourke, a local television journalist.

Faroe Islands dolphin slaughter
Traditionally, the Faroe Islands hunts pilot whales, not dolphins

“Grindrop” is an exercise in which hunters first surround the whales with a wide semicircle of fishing boats and then take them to a beach and a bay for slaughter.

“It seems like a lot and it takes some time to kill them all, while it is usually very quick,” said AV Rana.

Pictures of the bloody bodies of more than a thousand Atlantic white-faced dolphins on the beach have caused outrage on social media.

According to AV Rana, although about 53% of the island’s population opposes “grinding”, there are no plans to end the practice. Authorities insist it is a sustainable way to hunt.

Sea Shepherd, a charity that campaigns against whale and dolphin hunting, called it a “barbaric act.”

According to local estimates, there are about 100,000 pilot whales in the waters around the Faroe Islands, and about 600 died last year.

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