Over 1,400 white-sided dolphins were killed Sunday night in the Faroe Islands , in what local authorities said was traditional whaling. The murder was denounced by the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd as a brutal and poorly managed massacre, and the largest single hunt in Danish territory history. The organization said a 1,428 Atlantic white-sided dolphin super-pod was surrounded by speedboats and jet skis on Skalabotnur beach sur Eysturoy Island, where they were later killed. br> Over 1,400 dolphins have been killed in the hunt. The Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, located halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Atlantic Ocean. Annual whaling, or grindadrap in Faroese, has been part of local culture for centuries, but it usually involves hunting pilot whales. Although it has long been criticized by animal rights groups, locals have championed the practice. Read more Kristian Petersen, 41, from the Faroese town of Fuglafjør ður but now lives in Denmark, said he started whaling at the age of seven, but in his village dolphins were never targeted. J 'experienced this firsthand and also participated a bit, Petersen told CNN. As long as it was just for the food, I supported it.enu. But this recent take that took place over the weekend, I'm against the way it turned out. Petersen is one of many whaling supporters who have condemned Sunday's murder, claiming that there had been so many mistakes including chasing a large herd and prolonging dolphins 'suffering by not having enough people on the beaches to kill them. By killing whales, is Japan trying to revive a dying industry? In recent decades, the practice has come under strict regulation by the Faroese government, with guidelines for the authorization of hunts and how they are to be carried out. Many, including Petersen, have questioned the legality of the murder ofSunday, alleging that the local foreman, who is involved in regulating whaling in the area alongside the district administrator, was not notified in accordance with the regulations. The foreman, Heri Petersen, was quoted by local media In.fo calling for responsibility and confirming that there were too few killers involved, meaning dolphins fought for blast on the beach until 'they be killed. The Faroese Pilot Whales and Other Small Whales Hunting Decree, published in January 2017, states that the district administrator or foreman must approve all hunting and give them responsibility to make sure there are enough people on shore to kill the whales. Bjorg Jacobsen of the Faroe Islands Police told CNN the hunting was legal, mais he declined to comment further. Iceland will let more than 2,000 whales be killed in the next five years In a Written statement, Faroese government spokesman Pall Nolsøe told CNN that white-sided dolphin hunting was a sustainable practice, and said the annual number averaged around 250 but varies considerably - making Sunday's catch almost six times larger. The meat from each whale hunt provides a large amount of valuable food, which is distributed free of charge to the local communities where the whaling takes place ... the meat of the 1,400 dolphins caught on Sunday was also divided between the participants in the capture and the local community, ”he added. However, Sea Shepherd claimed that locals had said iThere was too much meat from the Sunday hunt and there were fears it had to be thrown out, highlighting interviews published in the Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet . Opening of a new submarine roundabout in the Faroe Islands The organization further alleged that several dolphins had been run over by motorboats and hacked by propellers resulting in reports to local police. He also claimed that several of those involved did not have the required licenses to participate. Police in the Faroe Islands did not respond to a CNN request to comment on the allegations. Given the time where we live, with a global pandemic and the worldstopping, it is absolutely appalling to see an attack on nature of this magnitude in the Faroe Islands, Sea Shepherd Global CEO Alex Cornelissen said in a declaration . Faroe Islands whale has continued to support the practice in recent years despite criticism, stating on its website , the average catch of about 800 whales per year is not considered to have a significant impact on the abundance of Pilot whales, which are estimated to be around 778,000.