1400 dolphins slaughtered in Faroe Islands of Denmark in one day

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1400 Dolphins slaughtered in Faroe Islands of Denmark in one day
1400 Dolphins slaughtered in Faroe Islands of Denmark in one day

In the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, people killed more than 1400 dolphins in a dolphin hunt. This practice of dolphin hunting provoked criticism on Tuesday.

It is likely to be the single largest capture in the northern archipelago; around 1,400 white-sided dolphins were slaughtered in a single day.

“There is no doubt that the Faroe whale hunts are a dramatic sight to people unfamiliar to the hunts and slaughter of mammals,” a government spokesman told AFP.

According to the official, such hunts are apparently well-organized and regulated.

According to the representative, the North Atlantic islands have a population of 50,000 people. They often kill pilot whales rather than dolphins.

Meanwhile, Hallur av Ran, a local television journalist, says, “There are typically a few of them in the ‘grind’. But we don’t often murder such a significant number.”

The hunters try to surround the whales with a wide semi-circle of fishing boats. Further pushing them to drive into a cove where they are beached and butchered. It is a process famous as “grindadrap” on the islands.

“It looks quite extreme and it took some time to kill them all; while it’s usually pretty quick,” av Rana said.

Photographs of the bloodied bodies of over 1400 Dolphins killed in the Faroe Islands appeared on social media. Hence, outrage stirred. 53% of the population of the islands opposes the “grind”. But there are no plans to end the practice, according to av Ran. Authorities claim that it is a sustainable hunting method.

The practice has been disgraced as barbarous by the Sea Shepherd organization, which campaigns against whale and dolphin hunting. It’s not a major concern for the island nation. It has an estimated 100,000 pilot whales in its waters and killed roughly 600 last year.

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