Campaign to stop Norway's political plan of killing all their wolves
Norway has always had an image as a broadminded, liberal and green nation. However Norway's current political class does not live up to this idyllic image. Norway just recently met with the Swedish government during which Norway expressed their desire to lay claim to some of the wolves which live on the border between the two nations.
Wolves in Norway are very popular with the public. Surveys suggest that close to 80% of the public (both urban and rural areas) want to keep them at current or higher numbers. But the political party does not support or agree with this. And their meeting with the Swedish government upon taking a closer look, fully represented their agenda against the wolves.
If Norway can classify the wolves on the Swedish border as Norwegian, even though most of them are from Sweden, it can go ahead with the extermination of wolves elsewhere in the country. It can claim that, due to the newly nationalized border population, it is still meeting its international obligations to maintain the species.
There are currently just 25 wolves in the country and the hunting quota for this winter is 12. A wolf population of these low numbers will eventually die out due to inbreeding. But the agenda behind the Norwegian plan to designate the Swedish border wolves as Norwegian would allow them to speed up the extermination of the wolves currently living in Norway. This is because the politicians can then argue that the animals in the wolf zone no longer need to be protected due to a greater number of wolves designated as Norwegian.
The real reason behind wanting to exterminate all the wolves is because the Norwegian Centre party currently holds the environment brief in the ruling coalition and they actively depend on the votes of sheep farmers and hunters. Every year around 2 million sheep are released into forests and mountains of Norway unattended by shepherd or dogs. Around 1,500 of them are estimated to be killed by wolves. Although the farmers are richly compensated for these killings, they would rather not have to deal with the wolves at all.
Norway and Sweden did not reach an agreement at their meeting because the Swedes want more time to further look into and discuss the issues at hand. Please take a minute sign and share the petition below to stop the Norwegians from exterminating all their wolves.
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