Hundreds of dolphins have been pushed into the fjord and killed off the Faroe Islands. This was reported by local media. More than 1,400 head of cattle have died, according to Faro radio station KVF.
This once again opened up the debate about Grindrap, Faroe Islands for experimental whaling. Traditional fishing has been practiced for centuries in the North Atlantic Islands. These islands are part of the Danish kingdom but are largely self-governing.
Even the former president of the Faroe Islands Airmen’s Association told KVF that killing such a large number of dolphins was excessive.
The current president of the federation is afraid of discrediting the Faroe Islands. He told the news site In.fo. It is time to consider whether dolphin hunting should continue to be allowed.
The history of Grindadráp goes back to the Viking Age. The animals are transported by ships and boats to the bay where they are slaughtered and then the meat is distributed to the participants. Pilot whales are mainly killed, but sometimes dolphins are also killed.
According to Faroe Islands statistics, a total of 576 pilot whales and 35 beluga dolphins were killed in 2020, which means that an exceptional number of more than 1,400 dolphins were killed.
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