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Pilot whale. Image: Christopher Swann

How we need to support Faroese communities to end the whale and dolphin hunts

Pilot whale

How we need to support Faroese communities to end the whale and dolphin hunts

Change is in the air as people wake up to the reality that our planet and the species we share it with cannot be treated as endless resources. This awakening has taken root in Iceland, where a majority now opposes whaling. Our goal is to extend this growing appreciation of whales and dolphins to the Faroe Islands, where a centuries-old culture of hunting pilot whales persists.

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Brutal hunt leaves cruise line passengers distressed

Cruise ship docked in blood filled waters (Credit: Jackson McMuldren/CPWF) A cruise line company has issued an apology to passengers onboard one of it’s vessels after a brutal pilot whale hunt took place whilst the ship moored in the Faroe Islands. Those aboard the ship, Ambition, were left distressed as blooded filled the waters around…

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Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The hunt comes just weeks after the Faroe Islands government, despite both national and international outrage, allowed the killing of 500 dolphins a year. The dolphins were kept in the bay for several hours before the entire group was slaughtered. According…

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Long-finned pilot whale

Pregnant pilot whales die in Faroe Islands hunt

Sixty three long-finned pilot whales were driven onto a beach and brutally killed over the weekend in the first hunt of the year in the Faroe Islands. The hunt took place at Sandágerði in the capital Tórshavn. Several of the whales were pregnant females. The infamous drive hunts take place every year with several hundred…

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