Cruel wolf kills across Europe

Cruel wolf kills across Europe, who cares?

The body of a wolf hung on a traffic sign in the municipality of Lena in the spanish northwest area of Asturia – with a shot in the neck; a wolf shot, decapitated and cut into pieces in Brandenburg, Germany. Since 2000 in Germany 12 wolves were proven to be illegally killed, and no one persecuted up to this day.

At the same moment when it comes to wolf and human coexistence issues most eyes focus on Sweden and its unclear, EU unconform wolf policy, we should switch our focus also to other european countries which are probably even more worrisome.

In Austria there is no reasonable answer to why no pack was able to establish so far., Latvia hunts especially pregnant female wolves to maximize the losses, in some areas (Kantone) of Switzerland local administrations want to hunt wolves just because they are supposedly a danger to sheep, France is turning a blind eye on illegal hunting and even allows a yearly arbitrary quote of about 10-12 wolves to be shot and last but not least Spain which has just allowed the killing of almost 200 wolves.

All of this concerns an animal that not only is supposely strictly protected but also the center of millions of grant and subsidies money from the EU, government, NGOs and private funders for compensation of possible livestock losses by wolves.

It obviously raises the question why no one is pursuing these acts of crime against a threatened species. The question really is why we protect an animal and then hesitate to pursue the people breaking the law.

It is unacceptable to let legislatural space for local governments for interpreting the protection criteria to their advantage. This is generally valid for any law, but even more so for a species like the wolf, who can travel hundresd of kilometers, crossing x borders of x different juristictions and countries and hence opening the chance for undoing the protection status within one area while travelling through an area which internal agreed on hunting.
The European Wilderness Society is urging for finally executing the law and persecute violating. This is not a a peccadillo, this is crime.

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6 thoughts on “Cruel wolf kills across Europe

  1. Wolves are innocent creatures who been the target of being VILIFY so they can be MASS MURDERED!!! for the hunters adrenaline disease and the greedy farmers. The CRIME done to wolves is the most despicable and SATANIC act that human does, and the target been the INNOCENT WOLVES, which genetically is the grandparents to our beloved dogs. I will NEVER AGAIN BRING ANY OF MY TOURIST DOLLARS INTO YOUR COUNTRIES AGAIN… I toured 8 countries in Europe once. Shows country full of HATEFUL PEOPLE.

  2. Important to point out how many dogs attack and even kill humans ( unlike wolves0.
    Also look at the tourism money that wolf watching brings to local communities.And look at EU costs to have far too many sheep in EU countries and the damage sheep cause to eco-systems.

  3. I am so glad that I’ve finally found a website like this that is talking about the wrongness of wolf cruelty. So many websites have bloody pictures, talk of violent crime scenes and horribly over-exaggerated pictures showing wolves as violent, evil creatures. I even found one that was talking in exact detail about how a girl died from a wolf attack… out in the middle of nowhere… how the wolves surrounded her and made the kill slowly… and how do they know that, When no one else was there? When there are hundreds of other possibilities about how that could have played out? They didn’t have any important information and didn’t say how they got theirs! Thank you so much for posting some truth, shining a little light on this controversial subject. I’m here for the facts, and you could provide that.

  4. Since when did humans have domain over all? This is an egregious and despairing act against the wolves – and all animals – and the Universe weeps…


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Open Letter to the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Federal Ministry of
Food and Agriculture
Minister Julia Klöckner
11055 Berlin

Dear Minister Klöckner,

The current situation of the forest in Germany is worrying. It is a forest crisis not only driven by climate change. The current crisis management of the forestry industry is backward-looking and harmful to the forest. The declaration announced at the meeting of ministers in Moritzburg can be described as a `Moritzburg declaration of bankruptcy´. We call on the state forestry industry to, instead of expensive rushed actions, finally carry out an expert analysis of its own work and to involve all stakeholders in this process. What is called for is a consistent departure from plantation forestry and a radical shift towards a management that treats the forest as an ecosystem and no longer as a wood factory.

On 1stAugust 2019, five forestry ministers of CDU and CSU-led states adopted a so-called “master plan” for the forest in Germany, which was affected by heat, bark beetles, fire and drought. As of 2020, the federal government is to make 800 million euros available as a reaction to climate change. This money is to be used to repair the damage caused, reforest the damaged areas and carry out `climate-adapted´ forest conversion – including the use of non-native tree species that have not yet been cultivated in the forest. Research should therefore focus on on tree species suitability and forest plant breeding in the future – keyword: `Climate-adapted forest of the future 2100´.

Remarkably, the damage caused primarily by the extreme drought of 2018 is attributed solely to climate change. Climate change is meeting a forest that is systemically ill due to the planting of non-native tree species, species poverty, monocultures, uniform structure, average low age, mechanical soil compaction, drainage etc. A healthy, resistant forest would look differently! The master plan emphasizes: sustainable, multifunctional and `active´ forest management remains indispensable – and thereby means that its unnatural state cannot be changed. Reference is made to the `carbon storage and substitution effects´ of wood products. The use of wood, e.g. in the construction industry, should be increased and thus the demand for wood should be further fueled – while knowing that the forest in Germany already cannot meet this demand. In fact, forest owners are suffering from poor timber prices due to an oversupply of trunk wood on the world market.

All these demands make clear: the current forestry strategy, which has been practiced for decades, should not change in principle. The concept is simple: cut down trees – plant trees. At best, the `design´ of the future artificial forests consisting of perfectly calculated tree species mixtures, that are believed to survive climate change without damages, can be changed. In all seriousness, the intention is to continue selling the public a so-called `future strategy´ to save the forest. This strategy seamlessly follows the model of a wood factory, that is met with general rejection and must be regarded as a failure in view of the coniferous plantations that are currently collapsing on a large scale. An essential part of the forests that have currently died is exactly the part that was reestablished in 1947 as coniferous monocultures on a much larger area than today. There is only one difference to the situation at the time: considerable amounts of money are to be made available from taxes for forest owners this time.

Climate change is progressing, and this, without a doubt, has massive impacts on all terrestrial ecosystems, including forests. To pretend that the last two years of drought alone caused the disaster is too cheap. On closer inspection, the disaster is also the result of decades of a forestry focused on conifers – in a country that was once naturally dominated by mixed deciduous forests. People do not like to admit that for more than 200 years they have relied on the wrong species of commercial tree (spruce) and have also created artificial, ecologically highly unstable and thus high-risk forest ecosystems. A whole branch of business has become dependent on coniferous wood. And now the German coniferous timber industry is on the verge of bankruptcy.

It would only have been honest and also a sign of political greatness if you and the forestry ministers in Moritzburg had declared: Yes, our forestry industry has made mistakes in the past, and yes, we are ready for a relentless analysis that takes into account not only purely silvicultural, but also forest-ecological aspects. Instead, you have confined yourselves to pre-stamped excuses that are already familiar to everyone and that lack any self-critical reflection.

Clear is: We finally need resting periods for the forest in Germany, which has been exploited for centuries. We need a new, ecologically oriented concept for future forest – not a hectic `forest conversion´, but simply forest development closer towards nature. This gives the forest as an ecosystem the necessary leeway to self-regulate and react to the emerging environmental changes. We need a systemic forest management that is no less profitable than the present one, but must be substantially more stable and resistant to foreseeable environmental changes. The aid for forest owners that all citizens are now required to pay through their taxes is only politically justified in the interest of common good, if the forests of the future that are being promoted by it, do not end up in the next disaster, some of which is produced by the forest management itself.

That is why the signatories request from the the Federal Government, and in particular you, Mrs Klöckner, a master plan worthy of the name:

On disaster areas (mainly in public forests!) reestablishment through natural forest development (ecological succession), among other things with pioneer tree species, is to be brought about. In private forests, ecological succession for reestablishment must be purposefully promoted. Larger bare areas should be planted with a maximum of 400 to 600 large plants of native species per hectare in order to permit ecological succession parallelly.
To promote ecological succession, the areas should no longer be completely and mechanically cleared; as much wood as possible should be left in the stand (to promote optimum soil and germ bed formation, soil moisture storage and natural protection against browsing). In private forests, the abandonment of use in disaster areas should be specifically promoted for ecological reasons and in order to relieve the burden on the timber market.

Regarding the promotion of reestablishment plantings in private forests: priority for native tree species (of regional origin); choose wide planting distances in order to leave enough space for the development of pioneer species. For the forests of the future: Minimize thinning (low-input principle), build up stocks through targeted development towards old thick trees, protect the inner forest climate / promote self-cooling function (should have highest priority due to rapidly progressing climate change!), prohibit heavy machinery, refrain from further road construction and expansion, permit and promote natural self-regulatory development processes in the cultivated forest and on (larger) separate areas in the sense of an compound system; drastically reduce the density of ungulate game (reform of hunting laws).

Like in the field of organic agriculture, which has been established since the 1980s, the crisis of our forests should be the reason today to transform at least two existing forestry-related universities. They should be turned into universities for interdisciplinary forest ecosystem management. This is a contribution not only to the further development of forestry science and silviculture in Germany, but also of global importance! The goal must be to produce wood through largely natural forest production and to start with it here in Germany, the birthplace of forestry.


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