TWO WOLVES WITH A DEATH SENTENCE – DOS LOBOS SENTENCIADOS

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There are two wolves in a Spanish game reserve called Sierra de la Culebra, which have got a double death sentence. The Reserve´s authorities included them in a culling plan and auctioned the rights to shoot them among trophy hunters. But Spain’s conservationist group “Lobo Marley” purchased their hunting rights in the auction, intending to put these two individuals to a different use. They would be captured alive and equipped with camera-collars to follow their daily activities, for research and education purposes. Predictably, the Reserve’s authorities opposed this plan, but meanwhile an American filmmaker working for National Geographic heard about the story of these two Spanish wolves and offered to make a film about them. Working with the NG’s “Crittercam” team, and in collaboration with “Lobo Marley” and the local authorities, he would tell the world about the plight of the Iberian wolf, and at the same time publicize the beauties of a Spanish region in desperate need of ecotourism. But the regional authorities also rejected the join offer of the independent producer, of National Geographic’s “Crittercam” team, and of “Lobo Marley”. A sadly lost opportunity for everyone.
Months have passed, and the end of the hunting season is getting closer. But of course “Lobo Marley” is not using the rights it purchased to hunt the two wolves. We want them to live, and thousands of compassionate citizens who donated their money want them to live. But the autorities are under pressure from hunting lobbies which make a lot of money by hunting the wolves using an illegal and immoral method: baiting the animals and shooting them from cabins.
Recently a meeting of the local authorities of the area´s villages has resulted in a joint decision to kill the two wolves without even waiting for next year’s auction. They want to send a message to the whole Spainsh society: that there is no room for hope, that there will never be a change, and that ecotourism will always be a minor activity in their region, totally subservient to the hunting interests of a minority.
So our two wolves have a renewed death sentence upon their heads. But if they finally get killed, we need to make an uproar like never before. “Lobo Marley” speaks in the name of a majority of Spaniards who are convinced that we need to protect our natural heritage and to make a sustainable use of it, and who feel compassion for other living beings.

Follow and join Lobo Marley!
http://lobomarley.org/en/

Sign the campaign against the killing of 190 wolves in northern Spain!
https://www.change.org/p/prevent-the-massacre-of-190-wolves-in-castilla-y-le%C3%B3n-and-asturias

Hay dos lobos en una reserva de caza en España que llevan una doble sentencia de muerte. Las autoridades de la reserva de la Sierra de la Culebra los han incluido en un plan de “control de población” y han ofrecido los derechos de caza en subasta pública. Pero el grupo conservacionista “Lobo Marley” ha comprado esos derechos en la subasta con la intención de dar un uso distinto a esos dos ejemplares: ponerles collares transmisores equipados con cámaras, con fines divulgativos y de investigación. Predeciblemente, las autoridades de la reserva se opusieron al plan, pero entre tanto la historia de estos lobos llegó a oidos de un productor estadounidense que trabaja para National Geographic, y que se ofreció a hacer un documental sobre ellos. En colaboración con el departamente de “Crittercam” de NG (especializado en la colocación de cámaras móviles en animales salvajes), con “Lobo Marley”, proponían contar al mundo la peripecia de los lobos indultados por la sociedad española y poner en el mapa internacional los valores naturales de una comarca que necesita vitalmente del ecoturismo para potenciar su economía. Pero las autoridades regionales (la Junta de Castilla y León) también rechazaron esta propuesta conjunta de National Geographic y “Lobo Marley”. Una oportunidad para todos, tristemente perdida.

Han pasado los meses, y se acerca el final de la temporada de caza. Pero por supuesto, Lobo Marley no va a hacer uso de su derecho a cazar esos lobos. Los queremos vivos, y miles de ciudadanos españoles compasivos y sensibles que donaron su dinero los quieren vivos. Pero las autoridades están presionadas por “lobbies” cinegéticos que hacen pingües negocios con una modalidad de caza tan inmoral como ilegal: cabar a los lobos y dispararles desde una caseta mientras se alimentan.

Recientemente, una reunión de las autoridades de los municipios de la Sierra de la Culebra ha dado como resultado la decisión de matar a esos dos lobos sin siquiera esperar a la siguiente subasta. Quieren enviar un mensaje muy claro a la sociedad española: que no hay lugar para la esperanza, que las cosas nunca van a cambiar, y que el ecoturismo siempre será una actividad menor, totalmente sometida a los intereses minoritarios de los “lobbies” de la caza.

Así pues, nuestros lobos llevan una doble sentencia de muerte sobre su cabeza. Pero si finalmente son ejecutados, necesitamos crear un clamor como nunca se ha escuchado. “Lobo Marley” habla en nombre de una mayoría de españoles que están convencidos de la necesidad de proteger nuestro patrimonio natural y hacer un uso sostenible del mismo, y que son capaces de sentir compasión por otros seres vivos. Y que están hartos de ejecuciones sumarias.

¡Únete a Lobo Marley!
http://lobomarley.org/en/

¡Firma la campaña contra la matanza de 190 lobos en el norte de España!
https://www.change.org/p/prevent-the-massacre-of-190-wolves-in-castilla-y-le%C3%B3n-and-asturias

Posted on 11/01/2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This sounds so much like the western United States, where wolf hunting seasons kill off too many of these animals. And Iberian wolves are much rarer than American wolves – you’d think that the Spanish and Portuguese governments would want to keep as many alive as possible instead of further decreasing their populations. I am adamantly against trophy hunting or sport hunting, and this exercise is exactly that – killing something purely for the purpose of killing it.

  2. I just signed the petition, and I was glad to do it.

  3. Thanks for signing, that might seem a small thing but it isn’t!
    Yes I am sure the situation in Spain and that in the western US have many things in common. And yes it would be very useful if the governments of Spain and Portugal would agree about a common policy to preserve the wolf. In fact that is one of the avenues our organization intends to pursue. Let us hope it will bring about something good!

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