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Gävlebocken is dead..

Why does this always happen?

post 13.Dec.2012, 01:49 AM
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So some losers have decided to kill the goat on 12/12/12.
What is up with these people who think it is such great sport to ruin such a thing ??
How many children will be crying at this disgrace.
If it weren't the season to be of goodwill to all men I for one would gladly take a birch to those responsible !!
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 13.Dec.2012, 05:16 AM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

My Kusin died for all of us!

Oh, where is the humanity?

He will rise again!
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post 13.Dec.2012, 08:24 AM
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Joined: 22.Nov.2011

QUOTE (Flygger @ 13.Dec.2012, 01:49 AM) *
So some losers have decided to kill the goat on 12/12/12.What is up with these people who think it is such great sport to ruin such a thing ??How many children will be crying ... (show full quote)

It's one of those strange Christmas traditions biggrin.gif that has been recorded since the 1960's:

Don't worry Gamla, sometimes it has it's fun also ... in 2007 it even got impregnated wink.gif ...maybe next year!
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post 13.Dec.2012, 02:29 PM
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Location: Värmland
Joined: 10.Dec.2006

After living in Sweden for around 7 years, I dont think I have ever heard of a prosecution for setting alight the Gävle goat.
Is arson just not that important here? What sort of security do they have in place if any?
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post 14.Dec.2012, 01:05 AM
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Joined: 14.Feb.2010

From Wikipedia:

"Burning the goat is an illegal act and can result in severe fines or even prison time for arson. However, during the 39 years of the Gävle Goat's history up to 2005, only four people have been caught or convicted. The burning of the Gävle Goat is not officially welcomed by the citizens of Gävle,[11] but it has made the goat famous and led to increased tourism.[citation needed] The Department of Tourism in Gävle gets bombarded with e-mails from all over the world questioning whether the city supports the burning of the Gävle Goat. Officially the city says that it does not support the burnings."

"2001 Goat set on fire on 23 December by Lawrence Jones, a 51-year-old visitor from Cleveland, Ohio, who spent 18 days in jail and was subsequently convicted and ordered to pay 100,000 Swedish kronor in damages. The court confiscated Jones's cigarette lighter with the argument that he clearly was not able to handle it. Jones stated in court that he was no "goat burner", and believed that he was taking part in a completely legal goat-burning tradition. After Jones was released from jail he went straight back to the US without paying his fine. As of 2006 it was still unpaid."ävle_goat
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post 15.Dec.2012, 08:37 AM
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Joined: 17.Jul.2012

I work in Gävle and its a strange place. Find swedes to be awesome people except in this town.

They think they are Stockholm yuppies when in fact they are just culchies
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