The Faroe Islands stand alone in the North Atlantic between Iceland and the Shetlands and are internationally infamous for the ongoing slaughter of hundreds or even thousands of pilot whales and dolphins. I recently travelled there to learn why this brutal hunt still persists.

For centuries Faroese men have hunted pilot whales for meat, driving them ashore with boats and then setting upon them with sharp hooks, spears and knives in a frenzied bloodbath that stains the seas red. Though the days of subsistence hunting are long gone, I realised that change would require somehow enabling these people ...


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