More than 1,500 dolphins They were massacred last Sunday at Faroe Islands, the self-governing archipelago that is part of Denmark, for the traditional cetacean hunt that has been taking place in the country for centuries. There Grindadráp, this is the name of the barbaric practice, consists in drag mammals, especially whales, ashore then slaughter them with knives.
The terrible images showing the corpses of mammals on the foreshore of Skalabotnur in Eysturoy, and the blood red sea they made the rounds of social media unleashing the wrath of environmentalists but also of some organizations participating in the event.
Every year, reports the Bbc, around 600 whales and 35-40 dolphins are slaughtered. Sunday’s massacre is unprecedented. In 1940, 1200 were killed. “It was a big mistake,” admitted the president of the Whaling Association of the Islands, Olavur Sjurdarberg.
According to local media, the reaction of the population was “di bewilderment and shock due to the extraordinarily large number of dolphins killed. However a survey carried out by public TV Kringvarp Foroya revealed that while 50% of people are against dolphin hunting, the80% are in favor of that of whales.