More Than 100 Bottlenose Dolphins Slaughtered In New Faroe Islands Hunt

Worldwide outrage as Faroe Islanders have killed around 100 bottlenose dolphins in the most recent hunt after refusing to stop the tradition at the request of the international community.

The bottlenose dolphins were slaughtered after being driven into a bay
The bottlenose dolphins were slaughtered after being driven to shore in a bay

The Sea Shepherd conservation group said it was the largest hunt of bottlenose dolphins in over 120 years. They said that 98 adults, an unborn baby, and a young calf were all killed.

The dolphins are believed to have been killed with knives and other sharp objects after being driven to shore in a bay. In September last year, Faroese hunters slaughtered 1,428 white-sided dolphins in one go, resulting in international outrage and calls for the United Kingdom to cut trading ties with the islands.

Conservationists have said that the latest killings have shown the lack of care over the opinions of the rest of the world from the hunters.

The Sea Shepherd organisation, which filmed the latest massacre, said: "This dolphin hunt, and indeed the killing of all pilot whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands, is simply disgraceful and will rightly cause further national and international outrage.

"Once again, some of the animals show cut marks from boat propellors where boats ran into, or over them."

Around 100 dolphins are said to have been killed in this latest hunt
Around 100 dolphins are said to have been killed in this latest hunt

The hunt was described as a "callous act" by the OceanCare organisation, who said bottlenose dolphins usually live in closely bonded social units, with the hunt likely exterminating a whole social group forever.

Faroese officials led a review of dolphin hunts in response to the international backlash and confirmed earlier this month that they would allow the hunts to continue with a limit of 500 dolphins for the current year.

Director of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) charity, Mr Ed Fox, said that it appeared the hunters were deliberately snubbing conservationists with the last massacre. He said: "Bottlenose dolphins are one of the most lived and well-studied specials of dolphins. "The killing of 100 of these dolphins is a political signal to show the world that the dolphin hunters in the Faroe Islands don't care about the opinion of their own people or the international community.

"We very much hope that the UK and the EU will respond to this position with the necessary diplomatic and economic pressure."

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