Updated: Sep 20, 2021
The Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands has responded to international pressure received this week as the result of the killing of almost 1,500 dolphins. The government has committed to evaluating the Grind practices with regards to Atlantic white-sided dolphins and other breeds. However, pilot whales - which is most the most common catch in these hunts - will not be considered as part of this assessment.
In a press release, Prime Minister Nielsen said “We take this matter very seriously. Although these hunts are considered sustainable, we will be looking closely at the dolphin hunts, and what part they should play in Faroese society. The government has decided to start an evaluation of the regulations on the catching of Atlantic white-sided dolphins.”