Outcry As 1,400 Dolphins Slaughtered In A Day In Faroe Islands Of Denmark

Updated: September 15th, 2021 11:05 AM IST

Outcry As 1,400 Dolphins Slaughtered In A Day In Faroe Islands Of Denmark

Outcry As 1,400 Dolphins Slaughtered In A Day In Faroe Islands Of Denmark

The government of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, faced an outcry on Tuesday over the culling of more than 1,400 white-sided dolphins in a day in what was said to be the single biggest hunt in the northern archipelago.

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

Traditionally, the North Atlantic islands -- which have a population of around 50,000 people -- hunt pilot whales and not dolphins, the spokesman said.

The "grindadrap" is a practice whereby the hunters first surround the whales with a wide semi-circle of fishing boats and then drive them into a bay to be beached and slaughtered.

According to av Rana, although some 53 percent of the islands population are opposed to the "grind", there no plans to abolish the practice. The authorities insist it is a sustainable way of hunting.

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