Sea Shepherd activists being arrested for obstructing a whale hunt in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Sea Shepherd.
An Australian filmmaker arrested in a Faroe Islands protest has described as horrendous apilot whale hunt she was trying to prevent.
Krystal Keynes, 28, was driving a Sea Shepherd speedboat, donated to the campaign by US actor Charlie Sheen, when she was chased down by the Danish navy.
Ms Keynes, from Exmouth in Western Australia, said she was brought ashore under arrest and marched past whales killed in the local community’s “grind”, or whale hunt.
“We were led past a pile of dead whales, and the people who did it were walking around with their children, laughing and joking,” Ms Keynes told Fairfax Media.
“It was one of the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It’s as ifthe Faroese live in a bubble where this is all right.”
The WA woman was among activists attempting to end the controversial tradition in the North Atlantic islands.
The hunt involves men in small boats herding passing pilot whales onshore at outlying islands of the Danish dependency. The whale meat is eaten.
The activists claim to have driven three pods of pilot whales away from the islands successfully until last Saturday when a large pod was surrounded.
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