Danish beaches choose dogs over blue flags

Bathers will find fewer Blue Flag beaches this year
Some of Denmark’s coastal municipalities are choosing not to have the prestigious global Blue Flag eco-label this year because of changes in the way the certification is awarded.
The Foundation for Environmental Education, which runs the environmental label, recently decided that dogs can no longer bathe at Blue Flag beaches as they are believed to spread bacteria and pollute the water. But a number of Denmark’s beaches are refusing to turn dogs away.
Brønderslev, Jammerbugt, Aalborg, Mariager Fjord and Thisted municipalities have opted out of the Blue Flag community.
“Pets have become a part of the family and people don’t understand why they cannot take their dogs to the beach,” Niels Krebs Hansen, head of the environment department at Vesthimmerland municipality tells Jyllands-Posten. “Most owners are responsible and make sure to bring along a [poo] bag.”
Denmark was awarded a total of 297 Blue Flags last summer, putting it among the countries with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches per capita in the world.
Jyllands-Posten / Copenhagen Post


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