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Protection dogs are also entitled to animal protection

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Wolf cracks in Lautertal, letter from the BA to the editor on July 20:

This is very nicely written off by the nature conservation association. A call to the sheep breeding association or the Hanoverian breeding association, where two young horses weighing 400 kg were recently torn, would have been better informed.

Regarding herd guard dogs, there are two strikes. Effective herd protection dogs protect their herds within a radius of two kilometers from any troublemaker using their lives – including cyclists, joggers, hikers and riders.

The herd protection dogs propagated in Germany belong to another blow, which wolves only bark to call the shepherd. The one, previously armed, then solved the problem for the dog and the herd.

This leads to two problems: What do we do with the passers-by when flocks are effectively protected? And if only the protective dogs propagated in Germany are used: who pays the shepherds and gives them permission to shoot the attacker?

Wolves only kill as much as they can eat? Then why does a wolf in the Black Forest have over 40 sheep, why did five wolves kill over 70 sheep in Lusatia?

About donkeys and llamas as herd protection is to be said that they only enrich the menu of the wolves. Even the very wolf-friendly non-governmental organizations no longer claim that the animals are helpful.

Only ten percent compensation

Compensation and Fence Promotion: Only the slaughter value of the animals killed is replaced – if at all. That covers around ten percent of the damage. The fence promotion is not given to every animal owner, applications are processed rather slowly.

The extra work – be it for herd protection dogs or for higher fences – remains with the animal owner, who usually cannot do this. Even before the wolves appeared, sheep farmers could not complain about boredom or an excessive amount of money in the bank account.

Last but not least, it should not be forgotten that herd protection dogs are also entitled to animal protection. To be burned up in dog fights – nothing else is the use against wolves – no dog deserves that. Not to mention that it is illegal.

The royal road will be affordable herd protection and hunting of wolves. Only then can wolves be an asset to our fauna and not become a threat to biodiversity.

Annegret Sproesser

Rot am See

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