1500 dolphins killed in largest massacre in Faroe Islands, Denmark

There has been outrage and anger over the killing of almost 1,500 dolphins in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous territory of Denmark

This was through the traditional practice of the ‘grind’ (or Grindadrap in Faroese) that has been practised in the islands for hundreds of years.

The numbers killed in this grind are believed to be a record and considerably in excess of the usual catch levels.

The islanders used motor boats and jet skies to drive the mammals into shallow waters at Skalabotnur beach in Eysturoy, where they were killed with knives.

This method is legal but not popular and attracting increasing protest even among Faroe islanders.

Campaigning group Sea Shepherd has been leading the call to get the practice banned.


In keeping with the annual, ‘barbaric’ tradition of killing dolphins, nearly 1500 of these mammals were killed in Faroe Island in Denmark. The images and videos from the event held over the weekend depicted water and shoreline becoming red with the blood of dead dolphins. The hunt has sparked outrage and drawn sharp reactions from animal rights activists.



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