The Faroese authorities will revise the rules for hunting dolphins after killing more than 1,500 individuals, according to a press release published on the regional government page.
Earlier, on September 12, 2021, a traditional hunt for Atlantic white-sided dolphins took place in the Faroe Islands. The participants killed 1,428 individuals – a record number in history.
In the Faroe Islands, traditional dolphin hunting has been allowed since 1584, but the September 2021 slaughter was illegal, and many of its participants did not have a license.
We take this issue very seriously. We will take a close look at the question of dolphin hunting and what role it should play in Faroese society. The government has decided to begin revising the rules for capturing Atlantic white-sided dolphins.
Bardur A Steig Nielsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
The government added that the incident with the killing of dolphins raised a number of important questions, including the number of individuals that are allowed to be caught at one time, and the methods of hunting them.