The government of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, faced an indignation on Tuesday over the cull of more than 1,400 white-sided dolphins in one day in what was said to be the biggest hunt? in the northern archipelago.
“There is no doubt that Faroese whaling is a dramatic sight for people unknown met hunt and slaughter of mammals,” a government a spokesman told AFP.
“The hunt is nevertheless well organized and fully regulated,” he said.
Traditionally, the North Atlantic Islands — die An population of around 50,000 people — hunt pilot whales and not dolphins, the spokesman said.
“There are usually a few” of them in the ‘grind’, but we don’t normally do that kill such a large number,” said a local television journalist, Hallur av Rana.
The “grindadrap” is a practice where the hunters first surround the whales with a broad semi-circle of fishing boats and then drive they in a bay to be beached and slaughtered.
“It looks quite extreme and it is took what time to kill all of them, while it usually goes pretty fast,’ Av Rana said.
Photos of the bloodied corpses of more than 1,000 Atlantic white-sided dolphins on the beach sparked outrage on social media.
According to av Rana, although some 53 percent of the islands’ population are against the “gravel”, there is no plans abolish the practice. The authorities insist that it is a sustainable way of hunt.
Sea Shepherd, a charity die campaign against the hunt of whales and dolphins, described it as a “barbarian” practice”.
According to local estimates, there are about 100,000 pilot whales in the waters around the Faroe Islands and about 600 were killed last year.
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