Police disclosed this week that an investigation into reindeer bullying has been opened. This comes as an awareness of the dangers of reindeer-on-reindeer bullying has become more widespread, even influencing popular songs and TV shows.
From the report: “Police are looking into complaints regarding bullying allegedly perpetrated by a large group of reindeer against a vulnerable reindeer due to a physical discrepancy. The public can be assured that police have a zero-tolerance policy for reindeer bullying, and we will make sure that the facts of this matter are uncovered.”
Police spokesman Rudy Rentier was forceful in his denunciation of reindeer bullying. “Just because a particular reindeer might have, I don’t know, a bushy tail or an unusual pattern of spots or even a red shiny nose, doesn’t mean the other reindeer get to laugh or use degrading names,” Rentier said at a news conference. “That’s a hate crime, as is deliberately excluding a reindeer from established reindeer group activities, or reindeer games.”
Donner and Blitzen, two prominent reindeer who may or may not have taken part in the alleged bullying, were said to be cooperating with the investigation and providing details about specific instances of bullying. The victim’s identity has not been released.