A small, idyllic German town has a cute tradition of having its town hall building play an array of different but familiar German folk songs on its chimes. One song was removed recently, though, because a local vegan resident complained that it was about cruelty to animals.
According to The Local, the song, “Fox, You Stole the Goose,” is a familiar German folk song that’s popular with kids, and it was one of the 15 or so songs programmed into the glockenspiel of the town hall building in the little town of Limburg an der Lahn.
The song is about a fox stealing a goose, which is just part of the circle of life. But the song also includes a line about how the hunter will probably shoot the fox for stealing the goose, and that upset a local vegan resident who worked within earshot of the glockenspiel and who said it was very disturbing to hear about animal-killing while she was trying to work.
Out of consideration for the woman’s feelings, the town hall director took the song out of rotation. He said they often rotate the songs, and there are plenty more songs in the rotation, so it was no big trouble to remove one just to be considerate.