Yes, I know, and I'm sorry. But I have gone and got us involved in another all out war situation. It's not Canada this time - it's Sweden.
However, I am sure that all of you (with the possible exception of Grandmère "Raw Meat" Mimi and a couple of other suvurners) will, once you have read the following report, be quick to join me on the next ferry out of Newcastle Upon Tyne, heading for Stockholm.
From THE LOCAL (Sweden):
An entire pack of wolves has been liquidated at a Swedish wildlife park after escaping from their sanctuary. The incident occurred just days after a controversial nationwide hunt to cull wolves. The animals had managed to tear down a fence enclosing their sanctuary and were roaming around freely in Skåne Wildlife Park during visiting hours. The public was evacuated, and the entire pack was shot. It was unclear how many wolves were in the pack.
The shootings happened only days after Sweden’s first nationwide wolf cull in 45 years came to an end. An estimated 12,000 hunters were granted permits to pursue 27 wolves described by the Swedish Government as “genetically degraded” because of inbreeding. The hunt was heavily criticized by animal rights activists and local officials.
Skåne Wildlife Park near the south Swedish town of Hörby is the world’s largest of its type, with more than 800 wild and domesticated Nordic animals representing around 80 species. The park attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually.
COMMENT: They get 200000 visitors a year? Well, they could have afforded to lose a few of them without the beauty of creation being seriously lessened, couldn't they? The wolf pack, on the other hand, will not be so easily replaced. In fact, they should not be replaced. In stead, the people responsible for the poor upkeep of the park that led to this unnecessary canine masacre should be locked up in the empty enclosure to be stared at by snotty nosed, Swedish children for the rest of their lives (once the fence is repaired, that is).