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Swedish wolf activists threaten to sabotage hunt

TT/The Local/vt · 14 Jan 2011, 13:22

Published: 14 Jan 2011 13:22 GMT+01:00

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Wolf activists in Sweden have threatened to head to the woods and sabotage the annual licensed wolf hunt.

Rap artist Follow Him to the End of the Desert is organising a protest against the wolf hunt in Dalarna in central Sweden on Saturday.

“We have Sweden’s most dangerous people against us, all of them are armed,” he told the Expressen newspaper.

Follow Him's Facebook fan page features provocative photos of activists wearing masks and holding rifles behind mock bloody hunters shot dead.

They are wearing t-shirts which read "Die Wolf H8tr Die".

Police in Dalarna are taking the threats seriously and have strengthened their preparations.

"There is a risk that the tensions will escalate. However, I can't believe that there is any danger of violence," Bo Eriksson, press officer at the Dalarna police, told the TT news agency on Friday.

Moving around in the woods when a hunt is ongoing hunting is always a risk, he added.

"It is each and everyone's responsibility to behave appropriately. Ricochets and missed shots can be dangerous," he said.

The Swedish Predatory Animal Association (Svenska Rovdjursföreningen) strongly rejected the wolf activists' message.

"We reject all forms of violent and provocative actions. In addition, we are not only against the hunters, but also those who are responsible for wolf hunting coming into being, our politicians," secretary general Ann Dahlerus told TT.

The attention that the wolf activists are receiving is unfortunate, she believes.

"It risks firing up this extremely infected conflict further, which doesn't help the wolf. The more polarised and conflict-filled the issue is between people, the worse it becomes for wolves and wolf management," Dahlerus added.

The organisation has appealed to Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren to stop the hunt in a letter.

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So far, 18,580 people have signed the association's petition against the hunt, which it calls a provocation to all who care about wolves. However, many still feel desperate and powerless, according to Dahlerus.

"They do not want to experience another hunt for the vulnerable and small wolf population," she said.

She feels the protests against the hunt as more intense this year than last.

"There is a tremendous need for people to make their voices heard. In the petition, we try to channel the voices coming to us. The responsible politicians must, even if it is at the last second, see that there is a very strong expression of opinion against the wolf hunt, " said Dahlerus.

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13:48 January 14, 2011 by landofthesheeple
This is going to be a real Hoot : )

It will be a day of the Wolfen.

I saw the photo of the mock hunter, It was bloody funny : )
14:12 January 14, 2011 by Rolle
Not many times i agree with the green minded, but with the wolf issue i must say i totally do. I hope gov't reverse the decision
14:52 January 14, 2011 by luxio
bloody hunters and shame on sweden, it was one of my favourite countries...
15:37 January 14, 2011 by Roy E
What do these people have against moose calves, anyway?
16:39 January 14, 2011 by SJack
The human population has exploded so much that I do believe we need to weed out the over breeding. When hunting for humans is legalized we won't have to worry about wolf, elephant, tiger, whale, seal, dolphin, bear, hawk and other fowl, gorillas, and all the other animal population that will be extinct or 75% less by the year 2050 being killed off right now. Unfortunately, when we go to war because there are just way too many people that are crazy out there with their extreme belief system, we also kill the animal life. We kind of go after certain races right now and eliminating them in some form or fashion, but not to the extent of stopping the population explosion. Maybe we should just starve the overpopulated places around the world? Without food you definitely dwindle down any population of anything. Wild animals is a perfect example. Maybe all the fish and fowl kill off recently is an experiment to see how well it could work on humans. Something has to be done! :( Those that are killing off the wolves are really not the ones causing the most damage, it's the whole world population in general!
17:11 January 14, 2011 by mojofat
What is it they do with the hunted wolves? Are they eaten?

To me, it seems like a fair fight. Just let everyone out in the woods with guns...it's a lot fairer than humans hunting unarmed wolves with guns.
18:27 January 14, 2011 by Thorfinna
Protect the hunters??????? what a joke!!!! What about the wolves????

Yeah get rid of all the crappy humans on the planet, plenty of criminals to get rid of first!!!!! They should be hunted after they have killed, raped, abused etc would cost less in taxes to the working citizens since jails wouldnt be needed anynmore and in Europe anyway, most of the jails give all the prisoners everything they want, video games with consoles, foods, TV etc all that paid by hard working citizens, is that really fair ??????? thats a worthy cause to fight for but stupid human rights will not agree will they???? for humans who dont deserve to have freaking rights!!!!!

Poor wolves !!!!! Sad pathetic humans in this world , what a world!
18:33 January 14, 2011 by Redbee
People who hunt for pleasure lack one of the human traits , empathy and because of this they have have what i can only describe as dead eyes .
18:46 January 14, 2011 by calebian22
Guessing that there will a lot of "ricochets" and ehem, missed shots.
20:20 January 14, 2011 by superturbo
Get real, the number of wolves that are about to get shot hardly have any impact on the total number of wolves. It is necessary to make sure that the number of wolves are kept at a mangable level as they tend to kill pets and sheeps.

People not living near wolf infested areas should have no say in this issue (which most of the complaining green far-left activist doesn't)

Also, idiots complaining about hunting in general but are still eating meat should perhaps get their asses to a local meat processing plant to see how the animals they eat are treated there. Hunting is the most natural and humane way of getting meat on the table.
20:29 January 14, 2011 by lapua338
Hahaha... does this mean I can stalk environmentalists and wolf activists with my 6.5x55???
20:43 January 14, 2011 by laura ka baal
Are they Talibans?
22:15 January 14, 2011 by wxman
I recommend they declare open season on these idiots. That would be the end of that.
22:34 January 14, 2011 by Nemesis
Can we hunt the activists?
23:26 January 14, 2011 by beefinswede
'Hunters' : Terrified of anything that can actually fight back.
00:03 January 15, 2011 by Swedesmith
I am not a hunter, but I am an eater. How does activist taste?
00:38 January 15, 2011 by budpg
The issue here is hunters that claim to be conservationists when in fact they look at predators as competition. There is no ecosystem that would be healthy without predators. Hunter are in the minority and their numbers continue to plummett- perhaps some paranoia at work maybe. People that just enjoy killing things for pleasure are not looked upon with favor by most populations of people
01:43 January 15, 2011 by ngecenk
human is the only species that kills other species for fun. other kill for the sake of their survival.
01:51 January 15, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Where wildlife cannot exist, neither can man.

This planet was meant to be shared by all creatures, as they all have a purpose, including man.

Let the wolves be as they were intended to be.

How brave a hunter... if an animal could fire back!

What about a bounty on hunters?

I think we need to control the "hunter" population, not the hunted.
06:46 January 15, 2011 by bow290
"Superturbo" hit the nail on the head... but there is nothing wrong with feeling compassion 4 the animals! we do the same in australia. in fact we're the only country that eats the animals on our coat of arms! (kangaroo & emu)
08:40 January 15, 2011 by jonssonp
When I read most of the comments it just shows how ignorant green activist are. Basiically you don't know anything you are talking about. Just shut up
09:53 January 15, 2011 by how_bizarre
I find it amusing that people call hunting a sport ! found this report about reversal of roles while fox hunting...

11:27 January 15, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
there are approximately 200 wolves. the number is very VERY LOW.

sweden issued 6500 wolf licenses to slaughter TWENTY wolves!!

will the so-called hunters go over this limit? u bet they will.

hunting is so far from what it was intended to be and there is no real purpose for it anymore. especially since most so called hunters sit in a hut with their 4 guns and just wait for the animal to walk in the open field. THAT IS CALLED SLAUGHTER people!

most people undestand the need to control animal populations to a certain extent but with the wolves are hardly in need of any control.

yeah sure, wolves take sheep, pets and so on, ITS WHAT NATURE DOES.

if you are in a 'wolf area' then the responsibility lies on YOU to take the necessary precautions of not leaving your kids and pets out in the open.

we need to live WITH NATURE, not stomp all over it and expect t to bow down to our terms.

take away the guns and let them use knives and bows & arrows and MAYBE, just maybe, we can start to call it hunting again.
13:18 January 15, 2011 by Sithaigh
In Sweden there are just 200 wolves, so a few sheep die big deal. Wolves are pretty rare, get the priority straight. Its not like they are invading some city!!

Farmers who lose animals are compesated!!
13:52 January 15, 2011 by Uggla
YES! Go get em guys and gals!
21:04 January 16, 2011 by kcussmilsum
Also in Sweden there are just 200 known insurgents, but there is still a wait for a set hunting date : )
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