Faeroe Islands dolphin slaughter sparks debate over tradition

Q: The slaughter of 1,428 white-sided dolphins in the Faeroe Islands reignited a debate last week about a four-century-old tradition of hunting sea mammals for their meat and blubber. The islands are located in a North Atlantic Ocean area bounded by Iceland to the northwest, Norway to the east and Great Britain to the south. Where is that on this map?

Circle the area on this map

Q: Meat and blubber from hunting pilot whales and dolphins are shared among the community. About 52,000 people live on 17 of the 18 Faeroe Islands, and DNA analyses shows that most of the population is descended from people who came from what is now ...

A. Irish Republic

B. Norway

C. United Kingdom

D. All of the above

Q: Since 1584, islanders have used boats to drive whales and dolphin into shallow water, where they are supposed to be quickly and humanely killed. After this year’s unusually large and brutal hunt, the Faeroese government is reconsidering the practice. Largely autonomous, the Faeroe Islands are still part of which kingdom?

A. Denmark

B. Norway

C. Sweden

D. United Kingdom

Q: What is the Faeroe Islands’ biggest export?

A. Dolphins

B. Fish

C. Oil

D. Sheep

Q: What country is the biggest customer for Faeroe Islands fish?

A. Britain

B. Denmark

C. Russia

D. United States

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