Swedish court stops hotly contested wolf hunt

Swedish animal rights activists walk a wolfdog through Stockholm during a 2011 demonstration against a recently sanctioned wolf
Swedish animal rights activists walk a wolfdog through Stockholm during a 2011 demonstration against a recently sanctioned wolf hunt

A Swedish court has pulled the plug on a wolf hunt due to start Friday, favouring animal rights activists in one of the country's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

Sweden resumed wolf hunting in 2010 and 2011, which led the European Commission to protest the country's policy of hunting quotas.

Since then environmental advocates have been successful in fighting the government's decisions to allow culling.

A lower court agreed on Thursday with wildlife activists that the regions of Oerebro and Vaermland had exceeded their powers by issuing hunting permits for species protected by European nature legislation.

"We are satisfied, but it is sad that we still have to go to court to ask for application of the law," Tom Arnbom, a wildlife specialist at WWF Sweden, one of the plaintiffs in the western town of Karlstad's administrative court, told AFP.

Wolf hunting is a sensitive issue in Sweden, as in other European countries where the carnivore was reintroduced in recent decades.

"It is remarkable that the hunt is stopped 12 hours before it's supposed to begin. A number of people have taken time off and gone out into the wilderness," the Swedish Hunters Association's chairman Bjoern Spraengare told news agency TT.

Sweden's former centre-right government believed wolves had become too invasive in some areas and the population was to be reduced from 400 to 270 animals.

But the current coalition of Social Democrats and Greens is divided between an agricultural minister who favours hunting and his environmental counterpart, who opposes it.

  • Sweden resumed wolf hunting in 2010 and 2011 as it sought to reduce the population from 400 to 270 animals
    Sweden resumed wolf hunting in 2010 and 2011 as it sought to reduce the population from 400 to 270 animals
  • Three wolves at Kolmarden Wildlife Park in Sweden, one of the European countries where the animals have been gradually reintrodu
    Three wolves at Kolmarden Wildlife Park in Sweden, one of the European countries where the animals have been gradually reintroduced into the wild in recent decades

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Jan 09, 2015
The killers will have to get their kicks some other way. When we upset the balance of Nature we suffer.

Jan 09, 2015
Apparently Swedes are smart enough to recognize wolves, unlike their Utah counterparts who think they are coyotes or heretics

Jan 09, 2015
I won't stop the hunters either if people think they are becoming a problem... Instead of turning in the carcasses they will just leave the dead animal laying where it falls.

Jan 10, 2015
If we stopped trying to cull everything, we could let nature do what nature does!


That's true.

What people tend to forget is that Mother Nature is a cruel b@#%^.

Although it may seem cruel to shoot a magnificent animal it should be remembered that all living creatures die. Animals in the wild are frequently eaten alive, swallowed whole or otherwise savagely killed. Others may perish through hunger, thirst, disease, hypothermia or famine. The lucky ones may drown or fall to their doom.

Thus it may be considered that a quick death by a hunter's bullet or arrow may be a preferable and merciful exit from this world compared to the other options.

Wolves are known to kill their elder pack members. (Violent murder by our standards)

Choose not to condemn those who participate in the natural order of things. Humans are animals. That's the bottom line.

Jan 10, 2015
If we stopped trying to cull everything, we could let nature do what nature does!


It seems what nature does is to go through cyclical eras of feast or famine where populations rise and fall and countless creatures are subjected to the tortures of death by famine, disease or predation etc etc.

Good management practices can keep populations at sustainable levels over time and the animals that are culled are taken humanely as opposed to dying by horrendous natural means.

Most people have no concept of how cruel nature can be. Do they really think animals go to retirement homes and die peacefully in their beds surrounded by family?

It helps to keep reality in context.

Jan 10, 2015
Why do right-wingers have such an affinity for violence and killing?

Do they not know how balance was restored to Yellowstone with the introduction of wolves? That balance was with the plant community as well as the animals.

Let's be honest: Those folk hunt for the kicks of killing. They are thrill-killers.

Jan 10, 2015
Uh, Gkam. Two of the most prolific hunters I know are what most people would call flaming liberals.... Stop thinking hunting is a right wing thing OK? You are making assumptions that only make you look like an a$$ on this subject. Sorry to have to tell you that but reality is reality.

Jan 10, 2015
Let's be honest: Those folk hunt for the kicks of killing. They are thrill-killers.
Anyone who swallows whole the oxymoron fairytales in Abrahamic religion has his fingers in both pies for security purposes. These people always calculate an exit rationalization for any action and hence their behavior is unbounded. Religion is a mental disease and it's adherents need to be know that mixing facts and fairytales is not a path to integrity. The social limit should be movies and arcade games that allow a player to envision what-if scenarios without the actual bloodshed

Jan 10, 2015
I did not assert there were no liberal thrill-killers.

I was looking generally, such as the Bush Wars, and the support for the Death Penalty, and the need for more prisons and harsher laws, while the economic and political crooks take over government.

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