How a fondness for animals and nature leads to trouble

It was a video last November that went viral on social media. A cyclist in the De Hoge Veluwe National Park recorded on his phone how he was chased by a coyote. Experts’ reactions to the disturbing high-content images were, “He wouldn’t do it otherwise.” To reassure them, they argue that the wolf is in fact a shy animal that humans need not fear at all.

Seger Baron van Voorst Tottvorst was not convinced of anything. De Hoge Veluwe’s manager fears that the terrified tourists should stay away. In Veloy and Drenthe, parents no longer dare let their children bike to school in the middle of the dark, he noted in The telegraph on me. In his private natural garden, the wolves also exterminated hundreds of goats and deer in the course of a year and are now starting to prey on the deer. It is forbidden to hunt or shoot killing machines. Only when a wolf pack is found in Haagse Bos, Van Voorst quipped Tot Forest, will politicians wake up with fear.

In his indignation, the baron naturally found many cattlemen on his side. They regularly notice that their sheep have been bitten to death by wandering wolves. The images of the carnage prompted Nature and Nitrogen Minister Christian van der Waal (VVD) to call for a broad social debate about the dangers of letting the protected apex predator run out.

The famous wolf loves to bite sheep to death. Photo: Otto Gilsma/ANP

The deadly scary wolf has a real fan club

Given the deadly lust of the stinging and fearsome predator, it is not surprising that it has been so fearsome since time immemorial. His bad image was passed down from generation to generation by retelling the fairy tale of poor Little Red Riding Hood being eaten by an angry wolf with her grandmother. Even stranger, when such a beast was spotted in the Netherlands for the first time in a long time in 2015, progressive circles rejoiced at its supposed contribution to biodiversity. It turns out that the wolf owns a fan club that expresses his infatuation and admiration in lyrical terms.

Emotions that are also expressed wolf. Matthijs van Nieuwkerk, presenter who turned out to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing shortly after the publication of the propaganda film Cees van Kempen last year, tells in a warm voice “the most amazing nature story in the Netherlands”. Farmers less than pleased with the pictorial return of the wolf were given a curt way of understanding that they should just put up a fence to protect their livestock from death.

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He could be more arrogant and unfriendly to a person. MP Leonie Vestring (Party for the Animals) is calling for “man-free” areas where a predator can run wild undisturbed. Glenn Lillyfeld, project head of the Mammal Society, accuses anyone who was not pleased with the birth of wolf cubs in Holland with “gut feelings”. According to him, wolves move “without problems” across our landscapes and “show their willingness to live together, no matter what 17 million Dutch people think.”

A rewinding professor gets paid by activists

This environmentally-centric and undemocratic phrase can be found at Reconstruction in the Netherlands. The package – not always phrased neutrally – provides information about a fashionable phenomenon. This “reconstruction,” according to the authors, delivers a hopeful message to humanity by professing faith in a “recoverable planet Earth.” It is all about giving more space to natural processes by restoring or (re)creating the “biophysical qualities of wildlife”. This is done by creating protected natural areas, connecting areas and (re)rendering The main typescrucial (animal) species including the wolf.

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