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Faroe Islanders May Soon Need Licenses to Participate in Traditional Whale Hunts

New hope for pilot whales, or a political move aimed at silencing criticism?

The Minister of Fisheries in the Faroe Islands, Jacob Vestergaard, has proposed a new rule that affects Faroese pilot whale hunters: In order to participate in the island’s traditional whale slaughter – called grindadráp in Faroese – they must first undergo training…
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by: Helene Hesselager O’Barry – August 9, 2013

Heart of Darkness

For centuries the people of the Faroe Islands survived by hunting whales. In the twenty-first century, the tradition persists – not only because some people there like to eat whales, but because they enjoy killing them.

Helgi and Ívun Lervig seemed suspicious of us as soon as they opened their door. Their wariness likely had something to with the fact that we had rung their bell well past midnight, in the middle of a tremendous rainstorm. Also – though the couple has been renting part of their home to travelers for years – they rarely receive visitors in November. Few tourists choose the cold, dark North Atlantic winter…
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by: Helene Hesselager O’Barry – Winter 2013

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