Fourteen Sea Shepherd volunteers were arrested when one such hunt happened in August, and another three were arrested on animal cruelty charges a few weeks later. Other volunteers were arrested on DUI and drug charges and still others were implicated incidents including assault, vandalism, and petty theft.
Over time, many Faroese began to view Sea Shepherd volunteers as an army of occupation in their country.
So at the end of the summer, the leaders of the Sea Shepherd campaign participated in a question and answer session at the Democracy Festival in Runavik. There they faced often hostile questioning from their Faroese hosts.
Both sides mostly talked past each other during the session and it's safe to say both the Sea Shepherds and the Faroese left the session with their individual opinions intact. But we're offering up this audio so people who weren't there can hear both the Sea Shepherd's rationale for this summer's campaign, and how that campaign was received by the Faroese.
As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player at the top of the page, and on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_225.mp3