Re: Whaling on the Faroe Islands – Tradition or Animal Cruelty?

For centuries, hunting pilot whales has been culturally integral to the North Atlantic’s Faroe Islands. But should it stay that way? Animal-rights activists criticize the hunting of the marine mammals as both unnecessary and cruel, and are calling on tourists to boycott the islands as a holiday destination. This increases the pressure, for alongside fishing, tourism is one of the major mainstays of the island economy.

Arte Re: accompanies Faroese inhabitants on the hunt for the sea mammals, and meets with the opposing animal-rights activists. Does the age-old tradition of the Faroe Islands still fit modern times?

  • Report
  • Lutz Gregor
  • ZDF/Arte
  • 30 Minuten
  • 2017