The current 2022 hunt is even more gruesome than usual as various local county governments work together to eradicate entire families of wolves from their territory and habitat.
Norway (a non-EU country where the hunt for 54 wolves can continue until May 31) and Sweden are cooperating in this grotesque eradication effort and creating a wolf holocaust.
Almost 2,000 hunters have signed up on the Swedish side to kill 27 wolves.
Finland has also launched a hunt for 20 wolves.
Thus, in Scandinavia in 2022 more than 100 wolves will be slaughtered in the most gruesome ways.
The intentional killing of predators goes against the spirit and spirit of the EU’s Habitats Directive protecting endangered species.
NGOs in Sweden, Norway and Finland have called for the hunt to stop. Not in line with modern nature conservation: Sweden has been involved in the cruel business of trophy hunting for brown bears, lynx and wolves since 2010.
Wolves and other predators were nearly wiped out by human persecution in the late 19th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, the love of nature and the movement of people to urban areas contributed to a renewed appreciation for a diverse range of animals. The Hunters’ Association also contributed to the protection of certain species.
Unfortunately, in the late 1930s the Hunters’ Association was entrusted with the management of wild animals by the state and received enormous economic resources, linking the state and hunting interests, on a model then used in authoritarian Germany.
This model is still valid and gives them a budget of about $5.6 million each year.
This created an institution that would exercise control over wildlife and act as a lobbying force infiltrating government and the hunting political agenda at all levels. And this despite the fact that hunters make up less than 3% of the population.
Why is there a trophy hunt in a developed country like Sweden?
Wolves were fully protected starting in 1966 to save the species.
But as we can see, that has changed, even though Sweden has been subject to EU safeguards since joining the EU in 1995.
Since 2010, licensed hunting has expanded trophy hunting in Sweden as hunters are now allowed to kill bears, lynx and wolves. Foreign hunters are also welcome.