In recent days, the Western press and public opinion are “hot” because of the case of 1,400 dolphins killed on the Faroe Islands – a self-governing archipelago of the Kingdom of Denmark. Deadly photos show the dead dolphins lying on the beach, blood dyeing an entire area of water, making many people feel sorry.
It is worth mentioning that this is not a disaster caused by nature but by human hands. This is an activity of hunting and killing whales and dolphins for meat according to the local custom. People herd the fish into shallow water and kill them for meat.
The dead dolphins lying on the beach are terrifying
The Guardian reported that the event of 1,428 dolphins being butchered on Sunday (September 12) made even those who support traditional whaling on this archipelago, condemning it. called the massacre “cruel and unnecessary”. Accordingly, a school of nearly 1,500 white hiped dolphins was herded into the shallow waters of Skálabotnur beach on the island of Eysturoy and lay writhing for hours before being killed.
The Sea Shepherd group, an organization that has campaigned to stop traditional Faroese “Grind” poaching since the 1980s, declared the September 12 dolphin killing a “fish killing.” largest pig in the history of the archipelago”. More animals have been killed than in the most famous and slaughtered dolphin hunting season in the small coastal town of Taiji, in southwestern Japan.
One person commented on the Facebook page of local TV station Kringvarp Føroya: “I feel nauseous seeing this.” Another described the massacre as “terrible and expressed my feelings that I am ashamed to be Faroese”.
The dolphins are killed as part of a traditional cetacean slaughter that has existed for more than 400 years in the archipelago. This activity is permitted and non-commercial, as the meat of the killed fish will be distributed among the people in the community. However, environmental activists say this practice is really cruel.
Some people in the Faroes, who protect the tradition, have expressed concern because more animals have been killed this year than in the past.
Although about 53% of the island’s population opposes whaling, there are currently no plans to abolish the practice. Authorities insist this is a sustainable way of hunting.
According to Faroe Islands data, islanders typically kill up to 1,000 species of mammals annually. Last year, that number included only 35 white hiped dolphins.
Source: The Guardian, ABC News