A life-sized bronze sculpture of Freya the walrus, that was euthanized by Norwegian authorities last year due to public safety issues, is currently on display in Norway.
Per BBC, Erik Holm organized an online campaign to increase funds for the job, receiving a total of $25,000.
Holm informed the news outlet AFP, “I began this since I rage about the method the [Norwegian] Fisheries Directorate and the state handled this situation.”
Freya had actually been a tourist attraction off Norway’s coast for years but came to be a social networks star in the summer of 2022 when she started sinking boats looking for the ideal sunbathing spot.
However last August, officials decided to place the 1300-lb. walrus down after observing the animal’s interactions with the public and deciding “that the general public has disregarded the current recommendation to keep a clear distance to the walrus.” The choice to euthanize the animal was controversial due to the admiration Freya had actually won for her commitment to relaxation.
Musician Astri Tonoian told CNN of her inspiration for the sculpture, “In my head, my goal was to make an immortal sign of people’s ability to mistreat not just wildlife however also people.”
Tonoian added that she wishes the statue will serve as a “three-dimension history lesson.”
” This is just how humans treat wild nature, but it is also how people treat humans,” said Tonoian, according to BBC. “This is how we dealt with Freya. And so, I will certainly call the statue For Our Sins.”
Tonoian also informed CNN about the circumstances surrounding Freya’s euthanasia, “The authorities can have acted more quickly and tried to move her instead of shooting her. They waited too long, and it came to be dangerous for the people. They chose to do the ‘quick fix.'”.
Director General Frank Bakke-Jensen of Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries told CNN prior to that they considered other choices. However, “the extensive complexity of such an operation made us conclude that this was not a viable option.” He added, “We have fantastic respect for animal welfare, but human life and safety should take precedence.”.