By Ana Chauhan, Chief Editor, The Pawprint
The annual Dolphin Hunt has come under scrutiny after over 1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands, a territory of Denmark.
Boats herded the mammals into shallow water at Skalabotnur beach in Eysturoy, where they were slaughtered with knives. The carcasses were then distributed to locals for consumption. Footage shows dolphins thrashing around in waters that turned red with blood.
Known as the grind, or Grindadrap in Faroese, the hunting of sea mammals is a tradition that has been practiced for hundreds of years.
In 2020, only 35 were slaughtered and 10 in 2019. The scale of the killing this year has shocked many locals and even drawn criticism from groups involved in the practice.
“It was a big mistake,” said the chairman of the Faroese Whalers Association Olavur Sjurdarberg, “somebody should have known better.”