Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, whose country has three of the eight chambers in the European Parliament, was accused of using his position to break promises he made to supporters in a small district of Copenhagen.
In October 2017, dozens of domestic animals were slaughtered, the carcasses chopped into pieces and dumped in ponds in Holmen, a town of around 50,000 people about eight miles south of Copenhagen. If the presence of wild carnivores in those ponds is not considered a sufficient reason to destroy all of the mink, then why the furore over domestic animals?
“There’s a major privacy law,” said Achim Hermann Larsen, a lawyer for a freelance journalist who ran a investigation into the incident. “After that, the questions here are: ‘Is a slaughter really necessary if it wasn’t going to be eaten? … What is the nature of government agency, the fisheries police, the fisheries development authority, to allow the slaughter to take place?”
Mice produce around 40% of the rats responsible for the European open forest pathogen in northern Europe. While rodents usually prey on poor people in third world countries, they are cheap and plentiful in developed countries like Denmark.