- Uffe ElbækMinister of Culture
- Mette BochDanish Radio and Television
- Jesper ChristensenTV3
- Soren KauleTV3
Danish TV. The killing of animals is not entertainment
Danish TV has been broadcasting entertainment programmes in which amateurs shoot animals for fun and then eat them.
In one programme, we follow a Danish female TV host who is the hunter and a Danish actor who is a cook. This programme is called "The wildest meal." The program takes place in Africa.
Among other things, we see her shoot a zebra and then the cook prepares a meal from it.
There are three species of zebras. One of them is critical endangered. As a non-expert, she has no prerequisites for knowing if she has in fact shot an endangered species.
She is a passionate hunter and is explicitly jubilant when she has shot an animal. Please watch the video here. It is in Danish but the pictures speak for themselves.
She claims that she only shoots the animals that she eats. Did she eat an elephant?
She has an elephant's head displayed as a trophy on her wall.
In the living room hangs a giant elephant’s head with its trunk raised on the wall along with trophies of large antelopes, and the coffee table is equipped with real giraffe legs.
In another programme, we follow two complete amateurs, showing a total lack of respect for animals. Once again, one of these shoots an animal while the other prepares a meal out of the animal. The programme is called "Kill and Eat"
Both amateuars seem to be a little drunk and several of the animals have only been wounded as opposed to shot..
At the start of the programme, they select an animal that is to be shot and if they do not manage to hit it, they instead shoot an animal pertaining to a category of animals that they refer to as "loser" animals. For this purpose, a fox and a marten have suffered – both of which were subsequently eaten .
See pictures here
In Denmark, there are few predators left and they should not be eradicated in order to please a few Danes.
It is deeply unethical to portray the killing of wildlife “for fun” as entertainment.
If you, like I, think that it is reprehensible to broadcast such programmes, please sign this petition.
Thank you very much.
- Minister of Culture
- Danish Radio and Television
To Whom It May Concern,
With this letter, I hope to be able to change Your attitude as regards the choice of entertainment You choose to broadcast.
In two recent Danish programmes is, the killing of animals has become entertainment. It is deeply criticisable that Danish TV makes it acceptable to walk around and shoot animals for fun.
In a programme with the awful and barbaric title "Kill and Eat", sees two amateurs perform exhibit a total lack of respect for wildlife. Several animals have been wounded in this programme. Two predators, a fox and a marten have been shot and skinned on television after which the chef has made a meal out of them.
It is deeply objectionable and unethical that these amateurs are allowed to shoot two of Denmark's few predators and the fact that Danish TV uncritically portrays it as entertainment.
In the second programme, entitled "The wildest meal", we again see two amateurs – a hunter and a chef, respectively. This time, Africa's wildlife is affected negatively. We witness, among other things, a zebra being shot and eaten.
I want to point out that there are three species of zebras, one of which is totally protected. They are very similar and only a professional can tell the difference between these zebras.
When the hunter is an amateur, she has no prerequisites for knowing if she has in fact shot an endangered species.
In addition, I also question to her hunting offenses. In her home hangs on display an elephant's head as a trophy. If she herself has shot this elephant, she has committed a crime , as the elephant is an endangered species.
If You would like to broadcast entertainment programmes about animals and hunting, I ask you to please show some nature programmes created by professionals instead. The BBC has a number of excellent and educational programmes that display respect for animals and in which hunting takes place on nature's own terms..
In hopes of understanding and respect for animals, I thank you kindly for taking the time to read this letter.
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