The slaughter of more than a thousand dolphins as part of a traditional hunt in the Faroe Islands has sparked outrage from animal rights activists.
Nearly 1,500 Atlantic white-sided dolphins have been killed with knives and harpoons during the hunt, known as Grindadráp by residents of the Danish islands, according to activists.
The Sea Shepherd Campaign group shared images of hundreds of dolphins with lacerated wounds on their bodies, lying dead on a beach as the sea is red with blood.
The video also shows people grappling with dolphins who have not yet died in the shallows as boats try to prevent others from escaping.
“Yesterday, the Faroe Islands shot down the biggest super pod on record in Faroe history in one go,” the group wrote on Facebook.
“What will it take for the locals to demand the closure of all such hunts?” We think it takes a good honest look at the truth.
Others have also taken to social media to express their disgust.
The online campaign group Blue Planet Society tweeted: “Some people in the Faroe Islands are calling yesterday’s reprehensible hunt of 1,428 white-sided dolphins” the biggest grindadráp in history. ”
“If that’s correct, it’s really appalling because the records date back to 1584.”
The hunts, however, date back to the 9th century and are considered to be native whaling – the only surviving example in Western Europe.
Traditionally, boats surround either a pod of dolphins or whales and lead them to a bay or to the bottom of a fjord where they are killed for their meat.
Today the practice is regulated by the government and hunters must undergo training and stick to certified berries.
“Whaling in the Faroe Islands has been regulated for centuries,” the archipelago government says on its website.
“The law explicitly states that hunting must be conducted in such a way as to cause the least suffering possible to the whales. ”
Nevertheless, activists have sought to put an end to this practice which they consider unnecessary and cruel.
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