The meat of pilot whales is considered as a delicacy on the Faroe Islands. Sea Shepherd, an organisation founded in 1977 by the Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson, claims that the annual hunt is nothing more than an ordinary bloodshed. As the meat contains high levels of heavy metals, it is unsuitable for consumption, they claim.
Activists tried to disturb the annual hunt as locals had driven some 200 pilot whales to the coast to kill them. 5 were apprehended and had to spend the night behind bars. They are facing legal prosecution. The five hail from Belgium, South-Africa, Luxembourg, Italy and France.