More than 1,400 dolphins were killed in just one day in the Faroe Islands, a Danish territory located in the North Atlantic. The animals were reportedly killed last Sunday during a traditional hunting event called “Grind” Where Grindadraps, which has been repeated for hundreds of years, every summer.
Every year, hunters mainly kill whales and dolphins using harpoons, spears and knives, in a tradition that consists of cornering in shallow waters, using small boats. The violence of the hunt even changed the color of the sea.
Images can shock the most sensitive people.
According to the Faroese Government, around 600 dolphins and whales are caught every year. A number that was largely surpassed this weekend.
Sea Shepherd, an organization focused on marine animal conservation, believes this to be the largest single hunt of dolphins or pilot whales in Faroese history and possibly the largest single cetacean hunt ever recorded in the world.
It is outrageous that this hunt takes place in 2021 in a European island community, without any need or use for such a large amount of contaminated meat.” said Rob Read, COO of Sea Shepherd, in a statement.
The dolphins need you” , appealed to Sea Shepherd on the social network Facebook.
The president of the Faroe Islands Whalers Association, Olavur Sjurdarberg, admitted to the BBC that this year’s hunting was “excessive”.
In June of this year, more than 170 whales were killed in this same tradition.