400.000 domestic cats and 60.000 dogs killed every year in Germany alone!
According to different sources based upon the regular reports of the German hunting associations, approximately 400.000 domestic cats and more than 60.000 dogs get killed by hunters every year. This means that every day more than 1000 domestic cats and 170 dogs get shot on average by official licensed german hunters. The number for Austria are similarly being estimated at 30.000 cats and dogs every year or more than 80 a day. These numbers are surprisingly high and for most people shocking.
For nature conservationist dedicated to the return of wolves, bears, otters, beavers and other endangered species these number are sobering and often disillusioning. It therefore comes as no surprise to anyone, that in a society which accepts the killing of domestic animals at such a high rate, that the killing of wolves and others protected animals is fully accepted and supported.
We should really start to question, why we as a civilised society are so in love with hunting. The argument that nature needs our assistance since our ancestors disturbed the ecological equilibrium by killing the predators is ad absurdum since we are preventing the return of these predators by hunting them as well. Two wrongs do nat make it right.
If we already have such difficulties with wildlife, it becomes obvious how difficult it is for society to accept Wilderness. Wilderness is the epitome of nature without human intervention or extraction. Wilderness is often called “Self-Willed” land. It is an area that only exists where humans stop to intervene with the natural processes and let nature do what it does best – thrive!. At virtually every meeting we have been at, we came across scientist, nature conservationists, bureaucrats and many other professions claiming, that nature and its wildlife can only survive if we human intervene and steer the processes. They have the same arguments that the hunting associations have: Without us, nature is worse of and nature needs us!
Watch this video to understand that these arguments are self-defying and contradict the basic understanding what nature is. Nature does not need us – we need nature!