It is estimated that the animals were attacked with knives and other sharp instruments after being driven to shore. It is about 98 adult specimens, a calf and a female that was pregnant.
At least 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands (Denmark ), in what would be “the largest hunt for this species in more than 120 years”, denounced this Friday by the British branch of the international environmental organization Sea Shepherd.
It is estimated that the animals were attacked with knives and other sharp instruments after being driven to shore. It is about 98 adult specimens, a calf and a pregnant female, detailed the conservation group, who photographed, filmed and counted the bodies.
“This hunt for dolphins, and in fact the killing of all the pilot whales [pilot whales] and dolphins in the Faroe Islands , is simply an embarrassment and, with good reason, will cause more national and international outrage”, they assure the activists.
The environmental group Blue Planet Society then urged Denmark and the European Union to take measures to “save protected dolphins from these completely irresponsible inhabitants of the Faroe Islands”. However, only 10 days after the ‘Grindadráp’ were killed at least 53 pilot whales.
Despite the indignation and rejection caused by this custom, the hunts continue . Many locals have asked the activists to respect their culture and have promised to continue these ancient traditions.
“The killing of 100 of these dolphins is a political signal to show the world that the dolphin hunters in the Faroe Islands do not care about the opinion of their own people or the international community. We really hope that the UK and the EU will respond to this position with the necessary diplomatic and economic pressure”, stated Astrid Fuchs, from the organization for the defense of cetaceans Whale and Dolphin Conservation.