Even the most loyal defenders of traditional whaling in the Faroe Islands have condemned the “cruel and unnecessary” massacre on Sunday of a super pod of nearly 1,500 dolphins, die in shallow waters were floated of the beach of Skálabotnur on the island of Eysturoy and left winding for hours before being killed.
The Sea Shepherd group, die campaigned for the traditional Faroese “Grind” hunt since the 1980s, has claimed Sunday’s hunt was “the biggest single” killing of dolphins of pilot whale in the islands’ history”, with more animals die die then in a whole season in the infamous “Cove” in Taiji, Japan.
This time, however, the scale of the killing was such that even many Faroe Islands, who often view the hunt as part of their cultural heritage, expressed their disgust.
“I get nauseous when I see this kind” of thing,” said one commentator on the Facebook page of the local broadcaster Kringvarp Føroya, with another describes the massacre as “full-on terrible”, saying, “I’m ashamed to be Faroese.”
Heri Petersen, who president of the local hunting association for Grind in the bay where the killing took place, said there are way too many dolphins the bay in were driven over too long distance, with too few people waiting on the beach to kill them, prolonging their agony.
“I am shocked by what has happened,” he told local In.fo. news Place. “The dolphins are lying on the beach meanders for far too long before they were killed.”
Hans Jacob Hermansen, de former presidents of the Faroese Gravel Association, die campaign for surviving of the traditional hunting, local broadcaster Kringvarp told Føroya that he was shocked by the event, of which he said “destroys all the work we have done to preserve the Grind”.
“The world has become much smaller nowadays, with everybody die walking around with An camera in their pocket,” said his successor, Ólavur Sjúrðarberg. “This is a gift to those who wish us sick when it comes to the Grind.”
The Grind is important for a lot of Faroese people, with spectators come out to look from the shore, and the flesh of the catch traditionally divided among the families die participated, with any surplus then spread to the local villagers.
But one local told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that there is no way that would be the locals want to consume so much dolphin meat.
“My guess is that most of the dolphins will be thrown in the bin of in a hole in the ground,” they said. “We should have quotas per district, and we should not kill dolphins.”
Captain Alex Cornelissen, de global Managing Director of sea-shepherd, die campaign against whaling, said that in the middle of An global pandemic it was “absolutely terrible to see attack on nature of this scale in the Faroe Islands”.
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