Animal rights activists decry annual Faroese hunt
About 200 protesters gathered outside the Danish Embassy in Paris yesterday to demonstrate against what they call ‘a massacre’ of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands.
The event was supported by Sea Shepherd and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, both of which work to promote animal rights.
In August, Bardot jointed with the Sea Shepherd in condemning the hunt of pilot whales – which, despite their name, are dolphins – in the Faroe Islands.
The annual hunt is renowned as a bloody spectacle in which scores of whales are driven towards shallow water where they become beached and slaughtered.
In a letter sent to Queen Margrethe at that time urging the hunt to be put to an end, Bardot described the autumn hunt as ‘a macabre spectacle for Denmark and the Faroe Islands’.
In the Faroe Islands and Greenland whale hunting is defended as an important cultural institution.