In a statement made by the Faroe Islands government, it was emphasized that the Faroe Islands, as an island country, have the right and responsibility to protect and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
They conveyed that the meat of the pilot whale and other small sea creatures is distributed free of charge to the local population. The government also stated that while whales are featured in Faroese cuisine, the white-sided dolphins featured in the images, unlike whales, are not part of the country’s culture and therefore do not have the same cultural legitimacy.
Their Spinal Cord Is Cut And They Die Immediately
When a group of whales or dolphins is spotted, the hunters operating on the islands drive the herd to one of the 28 authorized bays with a fleet of boats.
Whales and dolphins gathered in the bay are hunted with special harpoons that cut the animal’s spinal cord and kill it immediately.
‘Adjustments Will Be Considered’
The Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Bárður á Steig Nielsen, stated that the hunting situation of white-sided dolphins is taken seriously and these animals have no place in their culture. He announced that the regulations to be made regarding their hunting have started to be examined.
In the statement, the Faroe Islands government stated that special measures were taken to improve the hunting methods and the welfare of the animals, and stated that as in the old methods, the hunting methods of the whales such as hooks attached to the blowhole and spine spear were developed and changed.