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Sweden preps for post-hunt wolf imports

TT/The Local · 28 Jan 2010, 18:27

Published: 28 Jan 2010 18:27 GMT+01:00

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At the same time, wolves that naturally make their way into reindeer grazing areas in the north of the country are to be pushed south to central Sweden where the country’s wolf population is concentrated.

“At most 20 healthy wolves that are unaffected by inbreeding will be assimilated with Swedish wolves over a five-year period,” Swedish environment minister Andreas Carlgren told the TT news agency.

He added that the move will require buy-in from people who live in the affected areas.

“It puts a lot of responsibility on the hunting organizations. I’m making a clear and direct appeal to them to take responsibility and contribute to the strengthening work which the Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) is about to start,” said Carlgren.

The Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (Svenska Jägareförbundet) has, according to the minister, agreed to help bring the wolves into Sweden.

“I expect that the National Hunting Association (Jägarnas riksförbund) will do the same,” he added.

Following the controversial wolf hunt carried out earlier this year, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will examine how it was carried out, including what was done before and during the hunt.

Among other things, the agency will look into the frequency of hunting injuries and the training of hunters, the demographic and genetic consequences of the hunt on Sweden’s wolf population, and how various parties affected or involved reacted to the hunt.

“Both wolf parents were shot on one reserve. Researchers have said that the orphaned pups will likely make it, but we’re going to investigate whether or not they do,” said Maria Ågren, director general of the environmental agency.

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Another issue is whether or not 12,000 hunters were really required to kill 27 wolves.

“We want to know how many hunters are really needed to carry out a hunt like that, and if the hunters accepted their share of the responsibilities which come with the right to hunt. Make no mistake about this point; I’m not going to pull any punches if the hunters didn’t live up to their responsibilities,” said Carlgren.

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01:22 January 29, 2010 by GLO
Why do they have to screw around with nature,and what the @#$% is sport about 12000 hunter using high powerd modern weapons from a safe distance. Sorry this is just Sick.. Hey why dont you great hunters volunteer to go to the Toro bora mts there is a fair fight. Sport NOT!!
02:08 January 29, 2010 by Coalbanks
Ask Canada for a few. We have enough to export to parts of USA so why not Sweden?
11:23 January 29, 2010 by Debaraja
The relevance between hunting and war through the culture of aggression deriving from hunting, is unmistakable.

Hunting as means of entertainment and "sport", produces sadistic feelings, a mental condition where the mental pleasure of the hunter is directly connected to the murder of specific animals, i.e. with the abstraction of life. It is of course obvious, and there is no further need to emphasize how negative this coupling of fun and murder is.

The recourse to weapons and the use of force and violence, marks the inability of the individual to use reason and argument as tools for solving his problems.

After this initial approach to the huge issue called "hunt-sport", it is every true pacifists duty to condemn hunting as kind of entertainment or sport. The automatic legalization of violence derives from a quite acceptance.

It is time for those who oppose hunting and remain silent to come out and talk. We must stop teaching children the ways of militarism, sadism and violence.

I really wonder, what is it that stops the hunters from killing, skinning and eating their bloodhounds? Which difference, have they convinced themselves, that exists between their dogs and other animals for example moose and deers?
13:25 January 29, 2010 by Flappytango
"I really wonder, what is it that stops the hunters from killing, skinning and eating their bloodhounds?"

They don't kill their hunting dogs only because they are highly trained. That is why there exists huge underground organizations with stockpiles of dogs (from bloodhounds to chiwawas) supplying hunters in the name of Sport. These helpless creatures undergo unimaginable emotional stress as they are being hunted before being cruelly murdered and skinned! This is happening daily to pacify barbaric cravings for sadistic mental pleasures!!

ps. they dont usual eat them because it takes a skilled korean chef to prepare canine properly.
14:09 January 29, 2010 by rohermoker
I dont know what the fee the Swedish Government charged for the hunting permit, but in my mind 12,000 hunting permits for 12 wollfs they got alot of money for the enviornment. At least in the US that is where the hunting fees go. Also all you vegans dont feel superior to us meat taters. You never asked the stalk of wheat if you could eat their young. Grinding them to bits and then baking them in an over, you butchers the blood of untold vegitables are on your hands, theit silent voice's cry out.

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