Wednesday, July 13th 2005

From Suðuroy I headed back to Tórshavn, where I spent my last evening in the Faroes. There had just been a whale kill in the islands, and a Norwegian girl in the hostel I was staying at had got hold of a bagful. There's a lot of international condemnation of Faroese whaling these days but I can't say I have a problem with it. It's entirely sustainable, and I just can't see any particular moral difference between killing cows for food and killing whales for food. I don't eat meat and I think it would be nice if no animals were killed for food, but if people want to eat animal flesh, then surely the most important thing is that it's sustainable. North atlantic cod virtually disappeared because of overfishing but the number of whales the Faroese take is a tiny fraction of the population. So if whale meat is as sustainable as cow meat, why shouldn't they eat it?

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