Faroe Island Hunt Results In Harsh Slaughter Of 1428 Dolphins In A Day
Written by tokyoclub on October 10, 2021
In just one day, the Faroese hunters caught and killed 1,428 dolphins; this is the highest recorded number ever.
More than 1,400 dolphins got massacred within 24 hours among the Faroe Islands on Sunday, with a record number of dolphins killed. This record stunned ocean conservationists and angered people those who demanded an end to the brutal practices.
The footage of the massacre, released by the ocean conservationist group Sea Shepherd, shows a whole pod of dolphins with white sides writhing within pools of their blood.
The hunters killed them with knives before dragging the carcasses to the beach, where people gathered to look at them. After being killed, the corpse gets split among residents of the territory administered by Denmark.
This tradition (grind) has been around the islands for more than four hundred years. Animal rights organizations and conservationists are insisting on ending the slaughter. Numerous laws that regulate grinding were violated in the hunt, angering people who regard the dolphin hunt as part of their cultural tradition.
Local broadcaster Kringvarp Foroya described this shooting as “tragic,” with far too many dolphins slaughtered. Danish publication Ekstra Bladet published interviews with locals who admitted that they were ashamed of being Faroese.
Olavur Sjurdarberg, the chair of the Faroese Whalers Association, told the BBC, “When they found the pod, they believed it was only 200 dolphins. They should have been more careful.”
In the last year, hunters killed just 35 of the animals. In the previous ten years, less than 1,300 animals have been killed.
Sea Shepherd, which has demanded an end to the hunt since the beginning of the 1980s, said that this hunt was cruel and violated several laws. Rob Reed, the chief of Sea Shepherd’s operations at the UK office, described the hunt as a “catastrophic mistake,” mainly since the local hunt’s organizers never authorized the killings.
“A huge pod was pushed into the ocean, and the dolphins scattered around within the waters for so long that hunters made the killing horribly and brutally. A lot of dolphins that were alive were thrown onto the top of other dolphins to allow others to be pulled out from the water,” the man told VICE World News.
Once hunters realized the size of the pod, Read claimed, hunters had halted the hunt. In the aftermath of the killing spree, they burned a portion of the blubber from more than 1,000 dolphins in an incinerator, Read said.
“Because if they drag the blubber out to sea, it’ll carry on floating around and washing up on all the beaches for weeks,” he explained. “The only other option is to send them away in trucks, tip them over cliffs into the sea, or put them in a landfill slide or drag them back out, and that’s going to look shocking in the media.”
A lot of the hunters who participated didn’t have a permit, Sea Shepherd said. In the end, the dolphins suffered worse deaths, with many “still alive and moving even after being thrown onshore with the rest of their dead pod,” Sea Shepherd declared in an announcement.
Photographs show dolphins likely hit by motorboats with bits of their bodies removed with their guts spilling out onto the sand. The methods used to kill them result in lengthy and painful deaths, Sea Shepherd declared.
The group also said that this hunt was the biggest ever recorded in the Faroese past and far more deadly than Japan’s notorious Taiji hunts. In the six-month hunting season, Taiji fishermen are allowed to hunt around 1.700 dolphins. On the Faroe Islands, there is no limitation on hunters’ quotas, and they are allowed to hunt dolphins anywhere in the whaling areas anytime throughout the entire year.
Statements from interviews are from Vice News
DISCLAIMER: THE VIDEO BELOW CONTAINS SOME GRUESOME SCENES OF DOLPHIN HUNTING
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