1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands in one day, shocking even some pro-whalers

Updated: September 15th, 2021 10:05 PM IST

Hunters killed a super-pod of over 1,400 dolphins in one day in Denmark’s Faroe Islands, the deadliest hunt on record. The animals were herded by boats and slaughtered in what locals say is a traditional whale hunt. Critics call it “barbaric.” (📷: @seashepherd)

1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands in one day, shocking even some pro-whalers

The practice of dolphin hunting in the Faroe Islands has come under scrutiny after more than 1,400 of the mammals were killed in what was believed to be a record catch.

Known as the grind (or Grindadrap in Faroese), the hunting of sea mammals - primarily whales - is a tradition that has been practised for hundreds of years on the remote Faroe Islands.

The Faroese government says about 600 pilot whales are caught every year on average. White-sided dolphins are caught in lower numbers, such as 35 in 2020 and 10 in 2019.

Supporters say whaling is a sustainable way of gathering food from nature and an important part of their cultural identity. Animal rights activists have long disagreed, deeming the slaughter cruel and unnecessary.

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