Faroe Islands will evaluate policies after record dolphin massacre

The federal government of the Faroe Islands states it will evaluate policies governing its centuries-old custom of searching dolphins after graphic video of the massacre of a record catch of hundreds triggered a protest.

In this image launched by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society the carcasses of dead white-sided dolphins lay on a beach after being pulled from the blood-stained water on the island of Eysturoy, which belongs to the Faroe Islands, on Sept.12 (Sea Shepherd/The Associated Press)

The federal government of the Faroe Islands stated on Thursday it would examine guidelines governing its centuries-old custom of searching dolphins after graphic video of the massacre of a record catch of hundreds triggered a protest.

More than 1,400 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were rounded up into shallow waters by boats and jet-skis and eliminated on a beach on Sunday, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society project group stated.

The U.S.-based company launched video revealing individuals turning the water red as they cut a few of the dolphins with knives. It explained the hunt as “ruthless.”

The Faroe Islands has actually safeguarded its custom– called the grind (or Grindadrap in Faroese)– of supporting pods of dolphins or whales and butchering them on beaches for years.

But the federal government of the North Atlantic island chain stated in a declaration on Thursday the most recent catch had actually been “amazing” due to the size of the pod which it would check out guidelines around the practice.

We will be looking carefully at the dolphin hunts, and what part they must play in Faroese society. The federal government has actually chosen to begin an examination of the guidelines on the capturing of Atlantic white-sided dolphins.
Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen https://t.co/EsAldXVxDM

—– @Tinganes

Government, Opposition both safeguard sustainability of hunt

” We take this matter really seriously. These hunts are thought about sustainable, we will be looking carefully at the dolphin hunts, and what part they ought to play in Faroese society,” Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen stated.

Meat from the hunt is typically divided amongst the islanders.

Hogni Hoydal, leader of the opposition Republican Party and a previous fishery minister who co-created the present whaling legislation, informed Reuters he navigated 50 kilos of the fragile and lean dolphin meat provided to him on Monday.

” My claim is that the Faroese whale and dolphin killing, as long as the population is not threatened, is most likely the most sustainable usage of natural deposits that we see in the contemporary world,” Hoydal stated.

” But I do comprehend that some respond to the number [of slaughtered dolphins] which it is undoubtedly a bloody affair.”

Keep the pressure on, and possibly they’ll “look carefully” at the pilot whale hunts, too (technically speaking, pilot whales are a kind of dolphin, not in fact whales at all). https://t.co/hnoXoZ6XbS

—– @seashepherd

Around 4,000 to 5,000 citizens have actually gathered their share of the catch, all of which was distributed free of charge, Hoydal stated.

Sunday’s catch was a record, the federal government stated. Usually, around 250 dolphins and 600 pilot whales are captured every year in Faroese waters, it included.

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