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.
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