Scandinavia: A Sovereign Plea for Seals

A Sovereign Plea for Seals

Sweden's dapper King Carl XVI Gustaf has never had trouble ruling his own temper. But the characteristically circumspect monarch displayed a rare flash of royal wrath last week as he lashed out at Norway's Prime Minister for failing to stop the slaughter of baby seals in her country. Said the King: "If Gro Harlem Brundtland can't take care of the seal problem, how is she supposed to take care of the Norwegian people?"

King Carl Gustaf's outburst, which came during a state visit to New Zealand, was prompted by a hard-hitting documentary on Norwegian sealing that had aired the previous week...

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