Video: Hundreds of dolphins slaughtered in Faroe Islands – EU authorities asked to act
Hundreds of dolphins have been slaughtered mercilessly in the Faroe Islands in recent days as part of an annual tradition known as Grindadrap.
As a result of this tradition, several Danish beaches end up covered in the dolphins’ blood every year. During the Grindadrap dolphins are chased towards the shore after the exits to the open sea are closed off. They are then mercilessly slaughtered with harpoons, knives, and other weapons.
It has been estimated that over 1,400 dolphins have been slaughtered this year in Skálabotnur bay. This is an unprecedented number, as the 1,200 slaughtered in 1940 had been considered the highest number to date.
This cruel tradition has resulted in numerous reactions, including by the NGO Sea Shepherd, which has been campaigning since the 80s against this controversial tradition.
Sea Shepherd said in a statement that the massacre contravenes a number of Faroe Island laws. It explained that the slaughter was not authorised, and many of those who took part in this year’s Grindadrap were not trained and did not have a licence to hunt this marine species. So much so that in video footage obtained by tvm.com.mt from this NGO, several dolphins are seen lying on the shore, many still suffering are they are not completely dead.
Also voicing concern are the masterminds behind the Blue Planet Society, who have called on the Danish authorities and on senior European Union leaders to take action with the aim of stopping this massacre, In light of this, the Blue Planet Society has started a petition which has already garnered half a million signatories.
Apart from the dolphins, it is estimated that at least 600 whales have been killed in the Faroe Islands this year.