More than 100,000 dolphins and small whales are hunted and killed every year. Most hunts are unregulated, illegal and unsustainable with unknown impacts on populations. A huge pod of white-sided dolphins were brutally slaughtered in the Faroe Islands yesterday evening with nearly 1,500 specimens slaughtered during the gruesome hunt. The slaughter has invoked outrage from animal rights activists.
The hunt, known as the ‘grindadráp’, was held over the weekend with local whalers targeting a massive pod of white-sided dolphins. The Danish autonomous Faroe Islands remain the last territory in Europe allowed to hunt marine mammals, as the grindadráp is considered to be an example of traditional “aboriginal whaling.”
During the grindadráp, dolphins are herded by motorboats toward the shore where whalers engage the animals in brutal melee. The dolphins are slaughtered with harpoons, assorted blades and even power tools.
According to local media, a total of 1,428 dolphins were killed during the hunt.
Earthdive wishes to conserve our amazing marine wildlife – and are determined to help save dolphins and small whales.
We are urging Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, and Bárður á Steig Nielsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, to stop the hunt of dolphins and small whales.