the traditional slaughter of 1,428 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands sparked a new debate over the practice. The Danish autonomous territory said it had started discussions on the future of his controversial dolphin hunt, with a decision expected in the coming weeks.
A petition with nearly 1.3 million signatures calling for a ban on the traditional hunting was subjugated to the Faroese government on Monday, the prime ministerit is office and whale conservation groups told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
At a meeting on Tuesday in Torshavn, the government discussed findings of a reassessment that Prime Minister Bardur a Steig Nielsen had ordered in September, after the unusually large massacre of more more than 1,400 Atlantic white-sided dolphins caused an uproar.
“It was a first Encounter. No decisions were taken”, a official in the prime ministerit is office told AFP.
He added one final decision was expected”in a few weeks” and “several options” were on Table.
In the Faroese tradition known as “grindadrap” or “grind” for in short, hunters surround dolphins or pilot whales with a wide semi-circle of fishing boats and drive in a shallow bay where they are beached.
fishermen on knock them down with knives.
Every summer, images of the bloody hunt makes headlines world and sparking outrage among animal rights activists who Take into account practice barbaric.
But the chase still enjoys wide support in the Faroe Islands, where supporters point out that the animals fed the locals population for centuries.
Normally, about 600 pilot whales are hunted each year in this way.
But dolphin hunting on September 12, 2021 in the Skala fjord was much more grandtriggering a international outcry and pushing the government reconsider the practice.
Only dolphin hunting is currently under review, not the whole “grind” tradition.
In the petition, surrender over by the whale and dolphin conservation organizations signatories called for the end of the “cruel” practice.