Fri 17 September 2021:
The Faeroese government has said it will review the role hunts of Atlantic white-sided dolphins play in society after a mass killing drew widespread criticism this week.
The release of gruesome video footage showing the slaughter of nearly 1,500 dolphins on Sunday sparked a global outcry.
The extent of the slaughter was so large — much higher than in previous years — that it appeared participants had not been able to follow the regulations to minimize the creatures’ suffering.
Residents of the 18 islands, located halfway between Scotland and Iceland, kill white-sided dolphins and pilot wales for their meat and blubber.
Neither is an endangered species, but activists nonetheless rail against the practice on the basis of cruelty. A total of 1,428 dolphins are understood to have been killed on Sunday.
Sea Shepherd, the group that filmed the slaughter, did not immediately react to Thursday’s announcement.
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