On December 17, 2018 the Norwegian government approved the hunting and killing of 42 wolves in Norway this winter, equal to 75 percent of the Norwegian wolf population.
Despite several temporary suspensions of the hunts due to protests from the World Wildlife Fund and other animal rights groups, Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen has bowed to the demands from powerful farm lobbyists and landowners to kill a huge proportion of this endangered wolf population.
On New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2019, hunting wolves in the Norwegian wolf zone began for the first time since wolves came back to Norway in the 1990s. The wolf zone, which borders Dalarna and Värmland counties in Sweden, constitutes only 5% of Norway’s land area and is a reserve for the Norwegian wolf tribe.
Only Sweden and Norway are home to, and therefore responsible for, the endangered Scandinavian wolves. It is time that Norway does their part to help protect them, rather than allowing for their deaths simply because some landowners don’t like them.
Help us join our voices with the World Wildlife Fund, NOAH, the animal rights group for Norway, and others to tell the Norwegian government to end wolf hunts in Norway’s Wolf Zone and #SaveNorwegianWolves.