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

More than 1,400 dolphins were slaughtered on Sunday in the Danish Faroe Islands, writes Skálafjørður, citing Danish radio KVF. After the incident, there was again a heated discussion about traditions.

The history of whale slaughter in the Faroe Islands dates back to the Viking era, with non-commercial hunting being part of the local diet since at least the 10th century. The animals were usually taken by boat and boat to a bay where they were killed and their meat distributed to the participants. Long-winged dolphins are mainly round-headed (Globicephala melas) and other dolphin species.

Every year, nearly a thousand copies fall victim to a massacre called Grindadrap in Faroese.

Even the former president of the Association of Dolphin Hunters in the Faroe Islands finds it excessive to kill animals to this extent. The current president of the association is concerned about the reputation of the Faroe Islands, saying he has plenty of time to discuss whether fishing should be allowed in the future.

Environmental organization Sea Shephard posted a video on Facebook showing men dragging animals ashore from the bloody red waters. According to the organization, more marine mammals are now killed in the Faroe Islands at the same time.

The OceanCare Marine Conservation Group believes that fishing is pointless and witnesses say it is causing enormous suffering to the animals. “Here they crossed the border and opened a new dimension to fishing,” the organization said in a statement.

According to data for the Faroe Islands, there were a total of 576 round-headed dolphins and 35 Atlantic white-headed dolphins in 2020 (Lagenorhynchus acutus) was dropped.

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