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Why do Faroese communities hunt pilot whales?

Why do Faroese communities hunt pilot whales?

Group of pilot whales underwater

The lives of 140 sentient beings have already been taken in the grim pilot whale hunts in the Faroe Islands this year. We’re working to end this tradition by fostering an appreciation of whales amongst Faroese communities. But to truly change hearts and minds, we needed an up-to-date understanding of local perceptions.

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200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands. The long-finned pilot whales were driven onto the ‘whaling beach’ and brutally killed. The hunt, is just one of many that take place every year on the Islands, where pilot whales, as well as other whale and dolphin species are…

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Faroese Aquaculture Association calls for ban on dolphin hunts

Atlantic white-sided dolphin

The Faroese Aquaculture Association has joined calls for the country’s prime minister to ban dolphin hunting, following the terrible events last September when 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were killed in local waters. In a press release, the Association highlights the negative impact that criticism around the hunts has had on local businesses, which are very…

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Even locals outraged as 1400 dolphins die in Faroese hunt

Atlantic white-sided dolphin

There has been widespread condemnation after over 1400 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands last weekend, believed to be the largest number of dolphins ever killed in the country. Much of the criticism has come from within the country where usually there is a strong defence of the hunts, which are portrayed…

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