AGI – Horror and anger in the Faroe Islands, where in the traditional annual hunt over 1,500 dolphins were slaughtered ashore in a single day, dyeing the sea red and filling it with carcasses. The terrible images posted on social media and disseminated by the media show the corpses of mammals on the shoreline of Skalabotnur, on the island of Eysturoy, one of the 18 that make up the self-governing archipelago, located between Iceland and Norway, in the North Atlantic Ocean , which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
The secular hunt, held last Sunday, was defined as a record for the very high number of exterminated specimens, but it aroused the anger of environmentalists and rekindled the growing dissent from the local population, increasingly contrary to this cruel tradition, in particularly to the detriment of dolphins. A mea culpa also came from the president of the Whaling Association of the Islands himself, Olavur Sjurdarberg, who acknowledged that it was “a great mistake”.
The practice known as Grind or Grindadrap consists in dragging mammals, usually more whales than dolphins, ashore to slaughter them with knives and distribute their meat to the population..
According to data reported by the BBC, about 600 whales and 35-40 dolphins are usually slaughtered on average, but this year’s hunt was unprecedented and surpassed the record set in 1940 of 1,200 dolphins. An even more terrible slaughter when compared to the infamous whaling in Taiji, Japan, known as ‘Cove’: more mammals were killed in the Faroe Islands in a single day than in an entire season in the Japanese nation.
The Danish press gave voice to the widespread protests of the local population, who reported “the shock and the sense of bewilderment caused by such a large number” of dolphins killed. According to a public TV survey Kringvarp Foroya, if 50% of people are against dolphin hunting, 80% are in favor of whale hunting. Furthermore, the Danish daily Ekstra Bladet reported that locals are unlikely to want and manage to consume such a large amount of dolphin meat that it will presumably end up in the trash or have to be buried underground; and suggested the entry into force of a quota system in every district of the archipelago.