Denmark: after another massacre of 1,400 dolphins, the Faroe Islands will look into the regulation of hunting

the essential The local government of the Faroe Islands announced Thursday to assess the regulation of dolphin hunting after the killing of more than 1 400 cetaceans on 12 September which aroused great emotion across the archipelago.

“The government has decided to launch an assessment of the regulations relating to the capture of Atlantic white-sided dolphins,” Prime Minister Bárdur á Steig Nielsen said in a statement.

“Although these hunts are considered to be sustainable, we are going to take a close look at dolphin hunts and the role they should play in Faroese society,” he explained, distinguishing the fishing of this species from the “grind” .

Ancestral tradition in the Faroes, Danish autonomous territory in the North Sea, the “grind” or “grindadrap” consists, by encircling them, in cornering with boats a school of marine mammals in a bay. They then fall into the hands of fishermen who remain ashore, who kill them with knives. Their meat is then intended for consumption.

These are usually pilot whales, also called pilot black dolphins (globicephala), but on Sunday more than 1 420 white-sided dolphins, which are also allowed to be hunted, were captured. like this in a fjord near Skala, in the center of the archipelago.

On average, some 600 cetaceans are caught each year in the Faroe Islands.

“Attack on nature”

“It has long been recognized at the international level that catches of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands are sustainable and that the pilot whale stock in the North-East Atlantic is abundant”, underlined the press release which deplores an “exceptional” situation on 12 September due to the number of animals captured, which resulted in a slower killing.

The environmental NGO Sea Sheperd, which has been fighting the grind for many years, denounced a “terrible” “attack on nature”.

“If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that we need to live in harmony with nature instead of destroying it,” the organization’s CEO Alex Cornelissen said in a statement.

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