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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Podcast 225: Q&A With Sea Shepherd

This week, we're featuring a question and answer session with Sea Shepherd organizers who spent the summer in the Faroe Islands. The animal rights group had several volunteers stationed throughout the Faroes to monitor the beaches and try to prevent any whale hunts from happening.

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.

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