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“We shan’t give in to international pressure; dolphin hunts will not be outlawed,” proclaims Faroese government

Fisheries minister Høgni Hoydal (Tjóðveldi) has made it abundantly clear that the current Faroese government has no plans to ban dolphin killings.

Fisheries minister Høgni Hoydal (Tjóðveldi) has made it abundantly clear that the current Faroese government has no plans to ban dolphin killings, reports Kringvarp Føroya.

This comes after the September 11 dolphin slaughter, where 210 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were herded and killed in the village of Hvalvík.

The slaughter has sparked international outrage, especially in the Sea Shepherd community, but even though thousands of people have protested online against Faroese whaling in the wake of the hunt, Mr. Hoydal is not to be swayed.

Mr. Hoydal replied to MP Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen‘s (Sambandsflokkurin) enquiry about the international response to the hunt by suggesting that the Faroe Islands are used to this type of negative publicity and that the international protests against whaling have been more intense in the past.

He added that he has no plans to change the current the current legislation on whaling in the Faroe Islands – presumably much to the annoyance of  non-profit conservation organization Sea Shepherd, which has offered the Faroese government one million euros to end whaling.

The organization stated in a press release following the September 11 hunt that “it is offering a financial incentive to the Faroe Islands of one million euros in total over the next 10 years to bring to an end the grindadráp.”

It continued: “All of the incentive payments must only be used in the Faroe Islands (with documented proof provided to Sea Shepherd UK) on the following projects:

1. Promoting Eco-friendly tourism to the Faroe Islands

2. Establishing cooperative whale/dolphin watching businesses in small communities around the Faroe Islands

3. Provision of teaching materials or specialist lectures to Faroese children on Marine Conservation

4. Training to Faroese citizens in Marine Mammal Rescue techniques so that stranded cetaceans can be saved whenever possible around the Faroese coastline.”

 

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