Faroe Islands government to review hunting rules after dolphin cull
The Faroe Islands government has said it will reconsider how Atlantic white-sided dolphin hunts are conducted following the release of video footage showing the slaughter of nearly 1,500 marine mammals.
The scale of Sunday’s slaughter was so large – much higher than in previous years – that it appears attendees may not have been able to follow regulations to minimize animal suffering.
Faroese Prime Minister Bardur a Steig Nielsen said in a statement: “We take this matter very seriously. While these hunts are considered sustainable, we’ll take a close look at dolphin hunts and the role they should play in Faroese society.
The decision by the government of the 18 rocky islands, located halfway between Scotland and Iceland, came after Sunday’s capture.
That day, the islanders slaughtered 1,428 white-sided dolphins on the central Faroe Islands island of Eysturoy in the North Atlantic archipelago.
Marine mammals are killed for their meat and fat.
White-sided dolphins and pilot whales – which are also killed on these islands – are not endangered species.
Environmental activists have long argued that this practice is cruel. But this year, Faroe Islanders who defend the four-century-old practice have spoken out out of fear it will attract unwanted attention.
A local activist from the international animal rights group Sea Shepherd filmed the hunt on Sunday, and on Wednesday the international animal rights group said it hoped pressure would build up from the Faroe Islands to end its traditional hunt. marine mammals.
Each year, the islanders lead herds of mammals – mostly pilot whales – into the shallows, where they are stabbed to death.
A blower hook is used to secure stranded whales and their spine and main artery to the brain are severed with knives, making the water in the bay red with blood.
Workouts are regulated by law and meat and fat are shared on a community basis.
The government of the Faroe Islands has stated that “the whale hunts are a dramatic sight for people who do not know about the slaughter of mammals. The hunts are nevertheless well organized and perfectly regulated. Faroese animal welfare legislation, which also applies to whaling, stipulates that animals should be slaughtered as quickly and with as little suffering as possible ”.
The former president of the Faroese association behind the trainings, Hans Jacob Hermansen, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it was no different “from killing cattle or whatever.” It’s just that we have an open slaughterhouse ”.