EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Brian's Poetry
  Telepathic Messages
  Jess Anthony
  Lucia G
  Targeted Messages
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  Illustrations For The Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Environment/Science Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020 - 12:07:47 PM

In Defense of the Wolf: This Big Bad Animal is More Prey Than Predator
By Elizabeth Marshall
Jun 20, 2019 - 5:02:18 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

(CONVERSATION) - Wolves are returning to their former ranges across Europe and North America, resurrecting a centuries' old war with humans over land, hunting opportunities, and livestock. While protected in many areas, the wolf is fighting a losing battle, because in the war against them we've recruited something much more deadly than guns, traps, or poison, a more powerful and effective tool for wolf extermination than all of these things combined: the human imagination.

Even though we're all aware of what real wolves are like and can picture them very clearly, perhaps even find them majestic and beautiful, lurking within our collective psyche is the nightmarish Big Bad Wolf whom we came to know so well as children, and who stays with us into adulthood with the fictionalised killers of television and film.

I am fiercely pro-wolf and strongly advocate for their return, but I can't pretend that there isn't a little part of my brain that sends out danger signals whenever I think about them actually being on my doorstep. Rationally, we know from scientific evidence that wolves pose very little threat to humans (in fact, because of our long-standing persecution of them they tend to avoid us - so much so that even sightings are rare, let alone attacks). Yet it is as if a primal fear of wolves is simply built into human DNA. So as much as I want this aspect of my feelings to go away, it's just not something that I think ever will

It's easy for those who are anti-wolf to capitalise on this fear in order to perpetuate the war between the species. Using the image of the wolf as a bloodthirsty, uncontrollable killer, and the synonymity between wolves and the "wilderness" to great effect, wolf opponents are able to convince others that wolves and people cannot co-exist, especially where farming is concerned. For example, when wolves were spotted in one national park in the Netherlands for the first time in more than a century, the park's director, Seger Emmanuel baron van Voorst tot Voorst, argued that:

Once a wolf has tasted sheep meat it won't be running after deer. Grazing sheep will be impossible if wolves are in the area, and fences won't keep them out... We live in a country of 17 million people, not the Serengeti.

This indignance at the expectation that humans should adapt to live alongside wolves ("we have been farming in this way for centuries, why should we change that now because of something we don't even want here?"), epitomises an attitude that is problematic not only for wolves, but for all species of animals: that humans should have primacy over the earth.

Humans act as though wolves should respect "our" spaces - that they should recognise areas where they should not go. But wolves don't know about the imaginary borders between countries, states, inhabited and uninhabited land, "civilisation" and "wilderness". They don't know which areas have been designated for their use and protection and which haven't, and they don't know that what they're doing when they step outside these boundaries is "wrong". Nor do they know that hunting sheep is an offence that is often punishable by death. They are just trying to eat, which is much more difficult than is often thought: fewer than 20%of wolf hunts are successful. Can we really blame them for trying to snag an easy meal ?

Realistically, wolves do need management if they are to co-exist with humans. Unfortunately, we live in a human-dominated world, so we call the shots - literally, if we decide to shoot wolves - but management does not have to be lethal. Fences, auditory and visual defences, guard dogs and even guard llamas can be used in order to deter wolves from attacking livestock.

Wolves might even be able to help us in fixing some of the damage that we have inflicted on the earth, by restoring the ecological balance in areas where deer, unchecked in number by a lack of natural predators, have decimated the native plant life. While "rewilding" is sometimes seen as radical (relinquishing our control over nature is simply unthinkable for some) it's in fact the opposite - it's putting nature back to the way it was before humans altered its course.

Before that happens though, we need to put the Big Bad Wolf to bed. Wolves are not bad - they're just wolves, trying to survive in a world where they are increasingly unwelcome. In fact, it's worth considering what a human would look like to a wolf. To them, we're the killing machines (armed with further killing machines). We're stealing from their larder when we hunt, displacing them from their homelands, tearing apart their families, and killing their new-born children in their dens. They're as frightened of us as we are of them, if not more so, and for good reason. While the human-wolf war rages on, perhaps we should consider the possibility that the Big Bad Wolf does not exist, but the Big Bad Human is alive and well.

By Elizabeth

The views in this article may not reflect editorial policy of The Mind Unleashed.

All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2020 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
Dangerous Nano-particles Contaminating Many Vaccines: Groundbreaking Study
Germany Warns Far-Left Antifa Infiltrating Climate Movement
Britain Unleashes a Green New Deal to Kill What’s Left of the Economy
Volunteers Show Up In Large Numbers To Help Clean Up After Unrest In US Cities
Yale Epidemiologist: Hydroxychloroquine Should Be 'Widely Available And Promoted Immediately' As Standard Treatment
Redefining Women
Bishops Tout ‘European Green Deal’ as Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
During The Pandemic Small Farms And Farmer’s Markets Are Booming
Strongest Solar Flare in Years Coincides with Riots, Reminding Us that Solar Activity and Unrest are Historically Linked
Australian researchers see virus design manipulation
Epidemic: Shocked that tests for the virus are worthless? You shouldn’t be.
Why the Left is Weaponizing Science
CROOKS: Two Moderna Executives Sold $30 million of stock before Truth About Vaccine Trial Failure was Uncovered
Circular Firing Squad Scores a Hit: Real Reason Michael Moore’s film axed from YouTube is Climate Wrongthink, Not Copyright
Coronavirus Uses Same Strategy As HIV To Evade, Cripple Immune System: Chinese Study Finds
Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity
Moroccan Students Build Off-Grid ‘Hemp House’ Made Almost Entirely from Hemp and Solar Panels
UK Wind Farms Paid Record £9.3 Million to NOT Run for One Day
Latest Warmist Scheme: Record ‘climate change’ as Cause of Death on Death Certificates
Reforestation Drones Will Plant 40,000 Trees This Month With 1 Billion Goal Set for 2028