The largest dolphin hunt in the history of the Faroe Islands took place on Sunday, September 12, when 1,428 Atlantic Whiteside dolphins were slaughtered.
Hunters on speedboats and jet skis led a large herd of dolphins to Fjord. Marine mammals were brutally slaughtered in shallow waters. In the graphic videos of the scene, some people are seen laughing in the background while children are watching the bloody massacre.
Predators estimated that the pod would contain about 2,200 mammals, but about 1,500 dolphins were killed. The killing of many dolphins turned out to be futile. As the hunters got a lot of meat and now they don’t know what to do with it. Many bodies are thought to have been dumped into the sea.
According to C. Shepherd, a non-profit organization, many hunters did not have a license, although it is required on the Faroe Islands. In addition, no official hunting permits have been issued in this part of the island. The permit is said to have been issued by a completely different district chief, who did not have the authority to do so.
White-faced dolphin hunting is legal on the island. Many locals consider whale and dolphin meat an important part of their food culture and history, since they first settled on remote islands.
Still, those who advocate the practice fear that this year’s hunting scale will draw undue attention, as poachers have killed 40 times more animals than usual.
The 2021 hunt has become the largest whale slaughter in the world so far.
The Faroe Islands are halfway between Norway and Iceland. Like Greenland, it is an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark. The total area of the island is about 1,400 square kilometers (540 square miles) with a population of 53,358 as of June 2021.