The authorities of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, confronted an outcry on Tuesday over the culling of greater than 1,400 white-sided dolphins in a day in what was stated to be the only largest hunt within the northern archipelago.
“There is little doubt that the Faroese whale hunts are a dramatic sight to folks unfamiliar to the hunts and slaughter of mammals,” a authorities spokesman informed AFP.
“The hunts are, nonetheless, properly organised and absolutely regulated,” he stated.
Traditionally, the North Atlantic islands — which have a inhabitants of round 50,000 folks — hunt pilot whales and never dolphins, the spokesman stated.
“There are often just a few of them within the ‘grind’, however we usually do not kill such a big quantity,” stated a neighborhood tv journalist, Hallur av Rana.
The “grindadrap” is a follow whereby the hunters first encompass the whales with a large semi-circle of fishing boats after which drive them right into a bay to be beached and slaughtered.
“It appears to be like fairly excessive and it took a while to kill all of them, whereas it is often fairly fast,” av Rana stated.
Photos exhibiting the bloodied corpses of greater than 1,000 Atlantic white-sided dolphins on the seashore sparked outrage on social media.
According to av Rana, though some 53 % of the islands’ inhabitants are against the “grind”, there no plans to abolish the follow. The authorities insist it’s a sustainable method of searching.
Sea Shepherd, a charity that campaigns towards the searching of whales and dolphins, described it as a “barbaric follow”.
According to native estimates, there are round 100,000 pilot whales within the waters across the Faroe Islands and round 600 had been killed final 12 months.
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