1,428 Dolphins Were Slaughtered As Part Of A Tradition. Activists Say It’s Cruel


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In this image released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the carcasses of dead white-sided dolphins lay on a beach Sunday after being pulled from the water on the island of Eysturoy, which is part of the Faeroe Islands.

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In this image released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society the carcasses of dead white-sided dolphins lay on a beach on the island of Eysturoy on Sunday.

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«We need to keep in mind that we are not alone on earth. On the contrary, the world has become much smaller today, with everyone walking around with a camera in their pocket,» Sjurdarberg told local broadcaster KVF. «This is a fabulous treat for those who want us (to look bad) when it comes to pilot whale catching.»

Faeroese Fishery Minister Jacob Vestergaard told local radio station Kringvarp Foeroya that everything was done by the book in the dolphin hunt.

For years, the Seattle-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been opposing the sea mammal drives that date from the late 16th century. On Facebook, the organization described the weekend’s events as «an illegal hunt.»

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In this image released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society the carcasses of dead white-sided dolphins lay on a beach on the island of Eysturoy on Sunday.

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In this image released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society the carcasses of dead white-sided dolphins lay on a beach on the island of Eysturoy on Sunday.

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The white-side dolphins and pilot whales are not endangered species.

Each year, islanders drive herds of the mammals — chiefly pilot whales — into shallow waters, where they are stabbed to death. A blow-hole hook is used to secure the beached whales and their spine and main artery leading to the brain are severed with knives. The drives are regulated by laws and the meat and blubber are shared on a community basis.

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