And… again: hatred towards wolves

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Published Sept. 10th, 2019 Corriere del Ticino

Unfortunately the arrogance spreads and creates hatred and misinformation among the citizens.
Of course I would never have expected from a man of culture, complete with studies in molecular biology and doctorate as well as dozens of scientific publications, international congresses  and so on and so forth, a banal exit like “isn’t that a couple of well-placed bullets cost less?”
This same person had also been in the front line against the creation of the Parco del Locarnese. Certainly, dear prof. PhD Sandro Rusconi. But not everyone, in the specific case of the wolf, we share your profound intolerance and diligence in wanting to kill rather than find solutions. I hope that you didn’t express this type of “life thesis” during the lessons she gave years ago in the elementary schools of Locarno, as I hope it is a trivial release on FB, then hurriedly dismissed and forgotten.
It is not killing that we find solutions, and this is not a fact. Certainly humans have an easy trigger, just consider that in every corner of the planet we have conflicts in place, wars that kill millions of people… and animals. I avoid bringing up a list, you just need to read the newspapers or turn on the television to realize that violence, crime and death are practically everywhere.
I reiterate that you can live with the great predators (that were instill here before us) and that there are solutions to be implemented rather than killing an animal that could (I say could) tear to pieces sheep or goats.
If in Trentino and Veneto they are experimenting with the possibility of monitoring wolves through a radio collar, why not opt for this possibility?

I am not insensitive to the fact that the flock of the breeder Mr. Hüppi has suffered losses, indeed, I regret that due to bad weather the lone wolf attacked and managed to blend in. I hope that there were also dogs specifically bred to “protect the flocks” (I refer to the Abruzzese Maremma breeds and the Pyrenean mountain dog see www.bafu.admin.ch protection of flocks).

It is not sufficient to lay electrified nets to contain sheep during the night: whereas in the specification, the attack took place in broad daylight with adverse weather conditions. And doesn’t help having a couple of extra shepherds: the wolf is a clever animal although very shy and can only compete with one of his “peers”: a dog specifically bred to cope with the presence of his “ancestor”.
Unfortunately, I do not think the breeder’s idea of bringing the animal down at sight, which, after all, could also be an escaped dog, a hybrid or perhaps even a lynx, is feasible…
It also happens to hunters, very expert with their rifles equipped with a night vision scope, who sometimes shoot at a “something” that vaguely resembled prey… and then they realize that they have knotted their dog or even their hunter friend (and this has happened right last week before I send my article to the newspaper).

Remember that in Switzerland we have (still) a law that protects large predators, the latter are used to maintain a healthy ecosystem, we should therefore apply wisdom and sagacity by doing everything possible to avoid an extermination of animals making us return to 1800 year in which they had died out of our territory.

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Mi fa sempre molto piacere ricevere lettere con tanto di mittente, a commento delle mie pubblicazioni. Ancora più piacevole è ricevere un sostegno morale, da persone colte per davvero e che sono pronte a fare qualcosa di tangibile per modificare la situazione inaccettabile che si è protratta ad oltranza nel nostro paese. Su di una cartolina che ritrae l’innevato paesaggio del Serettasee, evidenziata c’è la frase:

Chi non astrae da ciò che è dato, chi non collega i fatti ai fattori che li hanno prodotti, chi non disfà i fatti nella sua mente, in realtà non pensa. (c) H.Marcuse – L’uomo a una dimensione

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Scelte sbagliate: un governo che si basa su paure ataviche

Articolo tratto dal Corriere del Ticino di Giovedì 8 maggio 2019 (mi scuso per il collage).

 

Easier to break down wolves.


Wolves and bears in the viewfinder: the National Council has decided to loosen the conditions of regulation of the great predators, making their killing easier. The deputies went beyond the Government’s demands. The attempts of the left to downsize the project are in vain. Some nature protection groups have already threatened the referendum; the WWF, for its part, speaks of a “killing law”. The dossier now returns to the States. The people should have the last word.

 

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Easier to break down wolves.

 

 

Conferenza delle sezioni WWF 2018

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Una volta all’anno, tutte le sezioni svizzere del WWF si incontrano per discutere di argomenti e strategie, mettere le priorità e aggiornarsi sui numerosi progetti in corso soprattutto nel nostro Paese. Questo fine settimana ho avuto la possibilità di partecipare con mio marito, presidente del WWF della Svizzera italiana, e anche lui un “volontario”.
Dopo i saluti del p
residente del WWF per il Canton Vaud M. Daniel Perret, seguito dalla Consigliera di Stato Mme J. De Quattro e dal Presidente della Fondazione WWF M. Kurt Schmid, i lavori sono iniziati.
La situazione attuale in merito alla
revisione della legge sulla caccia” e della “legge sulla protezione della natura”, era l’argomeno attuale a livello federale più scottante.

La conferenza chiede al Consiglio di Fondazione e alla Direzione del WWF Svizzera di adoperarsi e di lottare, in associazione con le organizzazioni partner, per impedire la messa in atto della nuova proposta di modifica della legge sulla caccia e sulla Protezione della Natura e del paesaggio.
Se le Camere Federali (Consiglio Nazionale) accettasse la revisione della legge sulla caccia, il Consiglio di Fondazione ha già deciso di lanciare un referendum affinchè il popolo svizzero possa decidere/pronunciarsi in merito alla protezione degli animali selvatici (lupo, orso, linci, castoro, ecc.). Il referendum sarà in caso lanciato alla fine del corrente anno.
Altro tema molto importante, seppure concerne attualmente due cantoni, è la pianificazione del territorio. Inoltre si ha posto l’accento sull’importanza fondamentale che Pro Natura e WWF utilizzino sinergie e coordinazione per affinché si creino condizioni per lavorare assieme.

Nel pomeriggio si sono formati gruppi di lavoro che si sono chinati su quattro tematiche specifiche: -agricoltura sostenibile, come agire a livello cantonale (Agridea); -quartieri sostenibili (One Planet Living); -futuro della Conferenza delle Sezioni; -piattaforma WWF Events strumenti da utilizzare per coinvolgere in futuro i membri.

Vi sono stati molti interventi interessanti sotto i vari aspetti, soggettivamente ritenuti importanti, ma non sempre attuabili senza avere un impatto ad amplia scala. Purtroppo le varie Lobby influiscono in modo preponderante sulle scelte che si possono (vogliono) adottare, non sempre politicamente corretto, ma non sono presenti al momento attuale altre alternative.
Forse proprio per poter maggiormente coinvolgere i cittadini, il WWF lancia un appello affinché la popolazione si attivi e sostegno di questa ONG che a livello mondiale sta facendo tutto il possibile per la salvaguardia del nostro pianeta: la nostra “unica” casa, affinché anche le generazioni future possano con responsabilità raccogliere la sfida di questo lascito.

 

Once a year, all the Swiss WWF Sections meet to discuss topics and strategies, put priorities and get updated about the many projects going on especially in our Country. This weekend, I had the Chance to attend with my husband, President of the Swiss Italian part, and himself a “volunteer” too.
After the greetings of M. Daniel Perret WWF President for the Canton Vaud followed by the State Councilor Mme J. De Quattro and M. Kurt Schmid President of the WWF Foundation, the works started.
The actual situation about the review of the “hunting law” and of the “nature’s protection law”, was the most importante point to clear.

The Conference calls on the Foundation Board and the Direction of the WWF Switzerland to work and to fight, in association with the partner organizations, to prevent the implementation of the new proposal to amend the “hunting’s law” and the  “nature’s protection law”.
If the Federal Chambers (National Council) accepted the revision of the hunting law, the Foundation Council has already decided to launch a referendum so that the Swiss people can decide/express on the protection of wild animals (wolf, bear, lynx, beaver , etc.). The referendum will be in case launched at the end of the current year.
Another very important topic, although it currently concerns two cantons, is the land planning (LAT2 – RFG II). Furthermore, emphasis was placed on the fundamental importance that Pro Natura and WWF shall use synergies and coordination in the struggle to create conditions for working together.

In the afternoon, working groups were formed that leant on four specific themes: -sustainable farming, how to act at the cantonal level (Agridea); – sustainable areas (One Planet Living); -future of the Conference of the Sections; – WWF Events platform, tools to be used to engage members in the future.

There have been many interesting interventions under the various aspects, subjectively considered important, but not always feasible without having a broad-scale impact. Unfortunately, the various Lobbies have a predominant influence on the choices you can (want) to adopt, not always politically correct, but other alternatives are not currently present.
Perhaps just to be able to involve the citizens, the WWF appeals for the people to take action and support this NGO that is internationally doing everything possible to protect our planet, our “only” home, so that even the future generations can take up the challenge with responsibility of this legacy.