The good shepherd

by Monika August. 12, 2010 3759 views

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but still, I also hope that perfection succeeds over imperfection…

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Jacki 9 years, 1 month ago

OH, about your photo.... it looks alive and well and eating dinner from what I can tell... did you see it in the wild?

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Jacki 9 years, 1 month ago

We have similar problems here... the animals are hunted to near extinction, then the government works to protect them, then the animals infringe on human space, then we start killing them again. All that said, it is good to know that some of them still live, such beautiful animals.

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David Swatton 9 years, 1 month ago

It seems so disappointing that there can be no other solution than to shoot the animals for just doing what comes naturally to them... and after all the authorities who reintroduced them must have known this was going to be an issue. Doesn't sound like there is much "joined up" thinking going on.

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Stormfish 9 years, 1 month ago

p.s. i'm reading up a bit on the recent [url=http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/panorama/vermischtes/Der-Wolf-ist-tot/story/23085348]wolf issue[/url]. it's really an interesting story. it seems like the whole argument is about whether the wolf had killed two cattle, not sheep. there is a swiss wolf program to resettle the wild animal after over a century into the swiss alps. the program defined clear rules under which conditions a wolf can be hunted; but disregarded cattle as its victim and only related to numbers of sheep (i believe 25 or 35 within a month). obviously, before the shoot, it was highly disputed how many sheep these two young cows that have been attacked would equal... and to allow shooting of the wolf was, in the end, a communal political decision.

in another article, a slightly older portrait of the man who decides about shooting or not shooting animals in switzerland, there is another piquant detail: obviously, this man supports wholeheartedly the return of wolves in CH. the main issue seems to be that only a few cantons, including the wallis, have so far being supportive of the initiative, while he knows that a much wider area for wolves would be necessary (and also is available in other areas like toggenburg, obergoms, etc.). yet, these other cantons are fiercely against opening up for the wolves, even though there would be enough game available overall to keep the animal from killing sheep.

man really is a bad shepard of nature... in a very political way that makes perfect sense.

i'm stating all that because i generally mistrust newspaper articles about any topic; they usually do not reveal the necessary details to really get a picture what's going on.

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Stormfish 9 years, 1 month ago

this has many, many implications. the conflict was that the wolf was shot because he was threatening some farmer's livestock (actually had killed some sheep, i guess). there could have been another, a poltical, communal solution to the conflict; instead of legalizing the shooting, the government could have repaid the farmer for his lost sheep. they didn't, maybe because they considered the number of killed sheep too high, maybe they wanted to stop the wolfs from advancing further into human territory.

it's really a difficult question wheather the farmer for his sheep, the government for theirs or the environmentalists complaining about this unnecessary shooting are good or bad shepards. but caring for more than your immediate interest, seeing the overall picture, connection the dots between nature's constant balancing of powers counts higher in my book than any perfection. what would humans do if they'd live in a perfect world?

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