Horror at the Faroes dolphin slaughter is only human – but it risks hypocrisy | Philip Hoare

Horror at the Faroes dolphin slaughter is only human – but it risks hypocrisy | Philip Hoare

Our response to a mass cetacean hunt reveals man’s duplicitous attitudes to animals

Witnessing the mass movement of wild animals can seem to be a rebuttal of the disastrous news we hear, daily, of our natural environment. We know they are threatened, in their very choreography, but in the sight of them, the eternal optimism of the human spirit is encouraged to think that all is not lost.

In the past few days we’ve seen moving stories of massed southern right whales feeding off New South Wales. Only then, bitterly, to have the Dantean alternative presented to us, in the piles of bloody dolphin carcases on a quay in the Faroe Islands.

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