Planet More than 1,400 dolphins slaughtered in the Faroe Islands

ANIMALS According to a reporter for local public television KVF, 53% of the population of the archipelago was opposed to fishing for this species but the Faroese have no plans to give up this practice

Local government in the Faroe Islands on Tuesday defended the killing of more than 1,400
dolphins in a single day during a traditional hunt, despite the emotion aroused by this
massacre on an unusually large scale, even for the northern archipelago.

“There is no doubt that the whale hunt in the Faroe Islands is a dramatic sight for those unaccustomed to hunting and killing mammals. These hunts are nevertheless well organized and fully regulated, ”defended a spokesperson for the Torshavn government. Ancestral tradition in the Faroe Islands, a Danish autonomous territory lost in the North Sea, the “grind” or “grindadrap” consists, by encircling them, in cornering with boats a school of small cetaceans in a bay.

Unprecedented massacre in the Faroe Islands: 1,428 dolphins were killed yesterday during a traditional hunt. None were spared. When will Denmark stop protecting these bloodsheds? Photo @SeaShepherdFran

They then fall into the hands of fishermen who remain ashore, who kill them with knives. These are usually pilot dolphins, also known as pilot whales, but on Sunday 1,423 white-sided dolphins, which are also allowed to be hunted, were caught in this way in a fjord near Skala, in the center of the archipelago. “We don’t have a tradition of hunting these mammals, there are usually a few in the hunt, but we don’t normally kill so many of them,” said a local public television reporter. KVF, Hallur av Rana.

According to him, never has such a large catch been made in the archipelago. Photos showing more than a thousand bloodied cetaceans on the beach drew widespread criticism. “It seems quite extreme and it took a long time to kill them all whereas usually it is quite fast”, added Mr. av Rana, noting that 53% of the population of the archipelago was opposed to fishing. of this species but that the Faroese had no intention of giving up the grind.

Described as a “barbaric practice” by the environmental NGO Sea Sheperd, the “grind” is a sustainable hunting system, according to the Faroese authorities. The product of this fishery is not marketed but used for its meat. According to local estimates, there are around 100,000 pilot whales in the waters around the archipelago, which has a population of around 50,000. By 2020, some 600 cetaceans had been killed.


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