More than 1,400 dolphins killed in Faroe Islands hunt, stirring fresh anger over old tradition

More than 1,400 dolphins killed in Faroe Islands hunt, stirring fresh anger over old tradition

Dolphin hunting is a centuries-old practice in the Faeroe Islands. But the tradition is facing fresh scrutiny after more than 1,400 of the aquatic mammals were killed Sunday in a record-breaking slaughter that has sparked outcry among local residents and global environmental groups. The hunt in the North Atlantic islands is not done for commercial purposes and is authorized by the government, but even those who support the practice expressed concern this year's event could prompt greater scrutiny. For hundreds of years, residents of the Faeroe Islands have participated in the annual hunting tradition, which is known as the "grind," or grindadráp in Faeroese. It sees pilot whales, the second largest species of dolphins following the orcas, and other dolphins corralled into fjords before being stabbed to death. The remote …
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