German Farmers and Environmentalists Spar Over Return of Wolves

Despite environmentalists being gleeful that wolves are no longer extinct in Germany, farmers are up in arms and, according to The Guardian, are trying to make the case to German lawmakers that they should have the right to shoot the wolves on sight due to the threat the wolves pose to their livestock in which livestock attacks by wolves have been on the rise in recent years.

EU endangered species laws also cover the wolf which did enjoy a population rebirth soon after Germany re-unified after the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, while environmentalists are not happy with the prospect of farmers killing the wolves, EU laws stipulate it is allowed if there is no satisfactory alternative or if people are in danger. There is also discussion of downgrading the wolf’s protected status as well.

The underlying reason why environmentalists want wolves protected is clear: reduced carbon emissions. Studies have been done correlating emissions from livestock as contributing to climate change. Environmentalists obviously see wolves as a means to an end and their animal rights buddies, in turn, help their fellow greens out by opposing hunting efforts.

By making the wolf population larger, it not only makes it more likely that animals used in meat production will be attacked and even eaten by wolves rendering them useless for human consumption, it is also results in devastating animal populations used by humans (such as sheep) to make clothes. It is a revolting concept greens have pushing for policies to help enlarge wolf populations which they claim is grounded in their idea of balancing the eco-system.

In reality, it is a form of behavior modification grounded in the purest evil since livestock attacks can contribute to ratcheting up meat and poultry prices and prevent using animal fur or sheep wool used to make clothes. High meat prices, greens hope, will prod people to become vegetarians or vegans while also curbing human activity to help the planet’s climate.

In environmentalist’s minds, another benefit with having larger wolf populations is that increases the likelihood that, not only will the human food supply will drop, but fewer clothes made using animal fur will be made. The end result is not only would humans be attacked but the wolves will kill livestock animals. Increased wolf populations also mean increased human contact with them and it would also help get rid of what gang green sees as the root cause of Earth’s problems: mankind itself.

NOTE: The latter part of this essay is a slightly modified version of a previous essay.