Saturday 15 September 2018 | 23

Another discontinuation or just how to kill more wolves

In 2018, the National Action Plan for the Wolf (Wolf Plan) set the number of wolves that can be slaughtered to 40 individuals. The damage to this already vulnerable species is not obviously sufficient enough, the Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region has declared itself competent enough to increase this number to 43 wolves, without any justification. Again, we are dealing with the aberrant nature of these unfounded slaughters.

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The senseless extermination of wolves

In France, every year there is a quota of wolves that can be slaughtered or "destroyed", in the terms of the Wolf Plan. This decision is the responsibility of the Minister of Nature Protection, and obviously does not take into account the positions of its citizens. Not only is this dreadful extermination of wolves is automatically planned each year, but the slaughter quota can be revised according to the number of wolves actually counted, in order to eliminate even more.

Wolves live in packs according to clearly defined social rules, so we cannot imagine the consequences of random slaughter on the functioning of these packs.

Wolves are already weakened by natural and accidental deaths and do not seem to be able to get out of the Government's line of sight.

Wolves shot for paradoxical reasons

The Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, who is none other than the coordinating Prefect of the Wolf Plan, decided last June 25thto increase the quota of 3 additional wolves, knowing that according to the latest estimates, the population total in France would be only 430 wolves (according to the National Office of Hunting and Wildlife, the ONCFS). But under the 500 individuals, the population is not viable ... It is completely absurd to increase this already high number, especially since the Prefect cannot make this decision alone.

It is an unwise decision to increase an annual quota to slaughter sentient beings that are intelligent, sensitive and essential to the biodiversity which these wolves are. And also, without conducting an environmental study or public consultation upstream.

Yet, without having jurisdiction, the Prefect has arbitrarily planned to make three more victims than expected, which makes the slaughter of wolves even more irrational.

The goal of slaughtering wolves is supposed to be for the preservation of herds of sheep and the assurance of quiet pastoral activities. It is therefore surprising to read in the pages of the Wolf Plan itself that there is no certainty about the impact of lethal shots on wolves.

Why not stop this unfounded slaughter of wolves and favour existing alternatives? We can for example mention the presence of herding dogs, as proposed by the National Council for the Protection of Nature.

We must immediately stop this slaughter of the wolves

The quota related to the slaughter of the wolves must be respected until 31st December 2018, which is why it is urgent to act and to suspend any participation in their extermination. It is important to note that 20 wolves have already died from natural, accidental or undetermined reason.

What use can we find in the cruel intervention of man in the killing of wolves?

One Voice has lodged a complaint against the Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and hopes for an awareness for the need for wolves in French forests and mountains.

Claire Walder
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Bastet | Friday 21 September 2018

Arrêtez le massacre !

calamity jane | Thursday 20 September 2018

Les préfets signent à tour de bras des arrêtés pour tuer que ce soit les loups, les renards, les blaireaux etc La France est bien l'un des pays d'Europe le plus en retard concernant l'écologie preuve en est depuis que Macron a accordé aux chasseurs des passes droits 64 espèces d'oiseaux peuvent être tués quand la moyenne est de 14 en Europe.

Danielle | Thursday 20 September 2018

Bonjour, pour satisfaire certains acharnés à faire un simulacre de guerre mais sans prendre de risque on accepte, voire on leur facilite la tâche pour tuer tout ce qui bouge bien évidemment très courageusement 50 contre un animal sans défense et eux armés jusqu'aux dents....quel courage

Roselyne | Thursday 20 September 2018

C'est inadmissible pouvez vous laisser les animaux en paix!!!!!
C'est à eux de vous donner des leçons!!!!