posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 08:36 AM
First ATS post for me:
I contacted a former resident of the Faroe Islands about this, and her response is posted below. Also, the Faroe Islands maintains an official Web
site regarding this issue, which is www.whaling.fo/. Altogether, this seems as benign as any organized effort to hunt or slaughter for food.
Faroe Islands are not an EU country and the whaling isn’t a cultural ‘ritual’ per se, although it is a very distinct part of the culture.
It’s hunting, like any other kind, but when the prey is a school of 10–50, 5–7m long animals and they’re in the water, it will look quite
The reason for the whaling? Simple: food. Whale meat (and flubber for some) is a favorite food for most faroese people. While this addition to food
supplies is not necessary today, given importing and storage options, less than a century ago, it was.
The whaling is not a rite of passage, although to a young man joining a whale hunt for the first time, it may feel like it.
Pilot whales are one of the races that are not endangered and the whaling in the Faroe Islands is not industrialized (as you probably gathered from
the images) and only happens when a school of whales are spotted in the fjords – using contact lists that boat-owners share, people are alerted and
those that can, will take to their boats to go hunting.
There’s been a lot of controversy around the whaling in the Faroes (as far back as I can remember), however, to me it is simply a hunt for food –
admittedly it looks very brutal, but thinking about it, I’m not sure how else you would hunt and kill an animal of that size without industrial
At the end of the day, the food that comes from that hunt is a very welcomed addition to the freezers of all the families of the men involved – and
sometimes there’s even enough to be sold via the local supermarkets to those that don’t participate in the hunt.
I can appreciate people being against Faroese whale hunting – assuming they’re equally against other hunts for food (duck, deer, rabbit, fish,
[edit on 24-6-2009 by df wallace]