Faroe Islands salmon exporter joins chorus in condemning dolphin hunting
One of the Faroe Islands ‘largest exporters of farmed salmon condemns large capture of white-sided dolphins in the North Atlantic archipelago as part of islanders’ traditional slaughter of marine mammals for meat and their fat
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – One of the Faroe Islands’ largest exporters of farmed salmon has condemned the killing of large numbers of white-sided dolphins in the North Atlantic archipelago as part of the traditional hunt from marine mammals to shallow waters, where they are killed for their meat and fat.
Bakkefrost CEO Regin Jacobsen on Thursday called Sunday’s slaughter of nearly 1,500 animals “completely unacceptable” and said he was not involved in the controversial hunt and that none of his assets were ‘had been used.
The extent of the catches was so large – much higher than in previous years – that it appears that participants may not have been able to follow regulations to minimize animal suffering.
Each year, the islanders lead herds of marine 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.
Islanders catch an average of around 250 white-sided dolphins per year, and the annual catch of pilot whales averages 600, according to the Faroe Islands government.
The archipelago is semi-independent and is part of the Danish kingdom.