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SONJA PÆTURSDÓTTIR

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS UNDER ATTACK & ARREST

After bloody local whale killings, several international animal rights activists now find themselves
under attack and under arrest for attempting to stop the annual whale slaughter, aptly called the 'grind.'

 

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"LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A WAR MOVIE"

In the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean lies a small island community famous for its beautiful scenery, rich culture and welcoming people - but underneath the surface lurks a darker, more menacing tradition,

which has become increasingly unpopular on a global scale.

That, of course, is the hunt and slaughter of pilot whales,

which can turn an entire seafront into a bloodbath in a matter of seconds.


-It was like something out of a war movie," said Jenny Mary McEwan, who witnessed her first whale killing this week.

She is in the Faroes to study, but has found herself between a rock and a hard place, in the midst of a media frenzy.

Many of the animal rights activists I've spoken to over the past few years remain baffled as to why on earth this tradition persists, and how the local whaling community is allowed to continue doing this.

Many of the animal rights activists I've spoken to over the past few years remain baffled as to why on earth this tradition persists, and how the local whaling community is allowed to continue doing this. Many of them have recently found themselves under attack and subsequently under arrest for attempting to stop the grind.