Further to our recent post relating to the European Court and German hunting associations:
we now have the following report from the Lawyer who has been involved with the case working for the defence of animals. His name is Dominik.
We need to make it clear that the following is a translation (from German to English) which has been undertaken privately and semi-professionally. All information is as directly translated as much as possible and is legally and technically correct. Any bolding of text or underlining has been produced by SAV – points we consider of special importance.
The following is the report / message from Dominik:
Dear fellow animal lovers,
comrades in arms.
Thank you for your many e-mails.
We are all shocked about yesterday’s judgement by the European Court for Human Rights concerning German hunting associations.
The result of this decision is that the Human rights of land owners in Germany are considered of less importance than the Human rights of land owners in France and Luxembourg (previous judgements from 1999 by the same court). In effect, this judgement represents a discrimination, because the facts of the cases are identical.
The European court was established to harmonise jurisdiction within the territory in which the European convention of Human rights applies. What we are having now is differing decisions in the member states. This judgement therefore came as a surprise to us and caught us unawares.
I think that the lobby comprised of hunters, land owners and the timber industry in Germany is far more powerful than their counterparts in France and Luxembourg.
In Germany a “cluster” for timber is under development right now that will open the flood gates to commercial forest exploitation under an ecological cloak (“Forest rejuvenation”, “Wald vor Wild” (Forest before game), “CO2 climate protection”). Both the green party as well as established environmental organisations support this concept, which, in time, is to be extended to all of Europe.
The “charter for timber” was developed by the Bavarian ministry for agriculture and forestry. The ministry is headed by Philipp Baron of (von und zu) Guttenberg (German forestry commission). This powerful lobby, which alone in Bavaria has an annual business volume of EUR 30 billion, wants to maintain the current organisational structure in the forests (meaning the hunting associations and their uninhibited access to the land) – because approx. 44 percent of the German forest is private property.
Through the hunting associations (forced membership) the majority of the land owners can thus be directed in the interests of the timber lobby. A victory for animal welfare would therefore have broken this charter for timber apart, which in Germany as in the European Union is a kind of signature issue.
Conclusion: The emphasis of the matter at hand is no longer one of hunting. It’s about immense commercial interests. It’s about an organisational principle belonging to the ruling system. And with Guttenberg & Co. we face powerful adversaries, who command, and use their influence nationally and internationally. This we have felt yesterday.
I consider yesterday’s judgement, which, with 4 to 3 (judge’s) votes, turned out very narrowly against us, for completely indefensible. I must now explain to my client that the continued access of hunters to his property to shoot hare and foxes is in the interests of biodiversity and nature conservation (art. 20 sec. GG).
In reverse this means that if those hare and foxes were not shot the consequences for biodiversity, the climate and our entire natural resources would be dire. !!
This argumentation clearly shows that we are now living in a completely disordered world, which does no longer command either independent parliaments or independent courts of justice. We are being dominated by lobbyists, who hang on to their old systems – at whatever cost.
As yesterday’s judgement by the small chamber of the Court stands in blatant contradiction to the two hitherto pronounced against France (16:1 votes) and Luxemburg (7:0 votes) the complainant will now call on the large chamber of the European Court of Justice.
If we fail to win there we must accept that this lobby can not be beaten with paragraphs …
Then we must look for another way. And we will find it.
We now have one chance left with the large chamber. Then we will see how big the influence of that powerful lobby on the whole court really is.
I hope and wish that we will continue to fight for our common cause and not give up now. The fight continues and the way ahead of us is long yet.
With best wishes,
DE-97845 Neustadt am Main OT Erlach
We thank Dominik for his work acting on behalf of decent people and all wildlife.
Further, we would also like to thank all the SAV comments relating to this issue, and that of the German ‘Fox Week’ which we have been covering:
The invitation to international AW groups to support this is still open – please see the above (second) link for full details.
Below you will find a selection of comments from visitors to SAV on this issue. We thank you for these.
All photographs are from the ‘Fox Week’ which has taken place in Germany within the last few years. It shows the barbarity of what happens by sick people who have nothing better to do with their time other than abuse and kill wildlife; even though the wildlife was around in the forests long before they ever set foot there.
Regards – SAV.
A selection of comments and photographs showing this sick pastime can be seen below.
Submitted on 2011/01/24 at 2:28 pm
Humans are the biggest predators……truly.
This is utterly sickening. What a degradation of life.
Submitted on 2011/01/24 at 10:13 am
It’s extremely concerning that a so called civilised country can allow such atrocities to go on. Haunting images :0(
Submitted on 2011/01/23 at 6:09 pm
In this modern day and age such barbaric acts should not be happening.
Please stop it.
It is so cruel and so unnecessary. Thank you ,Danke Schon
Submitted on 2011/01/23 at 6:02 pm
The pics on here will haunt me for the rest of my life in my eyes it is murder just like what the nazis did to the jews and as I see it there is no difference but they are a so called lesser species they are still living creatures who think, feel and breath the same as we do.
Submitted on 2011/01/23 at 3:17 pm
The more people who know of attrocities , the more anger against the inhumane humans.. Spread the word.
Submitted on 2011/01/23 at 1:05 pm
Disgusted and totally wondering WHY????
Submitted on 2011/01/23 at 12:58 pm
Leave these beautiful animals alone,
I am totally disgusted, how can they do this & why???????
Submitted on 2011/01/21 at 5:14 pm
This is disgraceful. Absolutely barbaric. How dare they slaughter these innocent creatures.
Caring for the animals trust
Submitted on 2011/01/21 at 9:15 am
This is barbarous and should not be permitted in any civilised country.
Submitted on 2011/01/20 at 4:05 pm
The fox pictures remind me of the holocaust.
Submitted on 2011/01/20 at 3:52 pm
I can’t put into words how I feel towards the humans that do these things. There are no words strong enough. I would sooner suffer as animals do than call myself a human being – so ashamed am I of belonging to my species!!!
Submitted on 2011/01/20 at 2:23 pm
Todo lo que le suceda a los animales,sucederá a los hombres también
Mientras el hombre siga matando, no encontrará la paz..
Submitted on 2011/01/19 at 12:36 am
ARRETEZ CE MASSACRE……….. C EST INDIGNE ET POUR L HOMME ET POUR L ANIMAL !!!!!
Submitted on 2011/01/17 at 8:05 pm
Quel horreur ! Comment cela peut il exister ! Il faut arrêter ce massacre !
Subm tted on 2011/01/15 at 7:16 pmi
Je trouve ca vraiment ecoeurant! Je soutien votre action.
Submitted on 2011/01/07 at 6:31 pm
Animals are NOT property!! They have feelings, emotions, souls and rights!!!All animals are sentient and should be respected and treated with compassion and empathy.
This must stop.STOP KILLING THE INNOCENT! Stop this animal cruelty!!! It is awful to see these things in Germany, how can you let this excist?
Submitted on 2011/01/07 at 5:40 pm
Submitted on 2011/01/04 at 11:54 pm
Where are addresses of responsible authorities , they are responsible for all these KILLINGS , they support these killers so-called `hunters` but in fact KILLERS .All these killers and those German authorities who support killers have an EQUAL right to live free like these poor foxes .These foxes are diamonds and their killers are smell monsters harm for whole Planet .Because these monsters- killers we now have animals extinction, human-overpopulation, global warming, climate changes- for all these harm changes responsible are nonsense politicians, `authorities` – money greedy humans-monsters . We need their addresses and names .
Submitted on 2011/01/04 at 11:20 pm
Please don’t kill the poor hopeless foxes.
Submitted on 2011/01/24 at 11:25 pm
How absolutely sickening. Hurting animals and children- those who cannot defend themselves-it robs us all of humanity.
Submitted on 2011/01/25 at 1:36 am
This is disgusting – shame on anyone killing these defenceless animals