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Forests from Farms
1000 healthy deer to be culled in the Oostvaardersplassen, the Netherlands
MARIT DE HAAN
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018
or the Reset in the
National Park “Nieuw Land”
will finally take place
what an innocuous word. It conjures up images of putting things back to normal, making them work again at the flick of a switch or the press of a button. It's always seen as a positive action: yet in the case of the Oostvaardersplassen nothing could be further from the truth. In the Oostvaardersplassen (read more below) the switch that will be flicked is likely to turn on night vision goggles. And
instead of a button being pressed a trigger will be pulled to send a bullet to end the life of a healthy animal.
In case you're new to the subject, please let me give you a brief overview of the situation. For many years there have been complaints about the mismanagement of the OVP nature reserve that resulted in thousands of animal dying every winter. The underlying cause was too many horses, cattle and deer in too small an area. Initially for dogmatic, ideological reasons the authorities didn't act to stop the animals starving to death. This was unacceptable to many members of the public who, quite rightly, don't like to see animals suffering. People protested and people gave food to the animals. So the authorities swept into action: they arrested people for feeding the animals. But they did have a solution for preventing animals starving to death: they shot the ones who were considered to be too ill, too weak or too thin to survive the winter.
As you can imagine, this did nothing to stop the public protesting. So this year the local politicians stepped in and demanded that something should be done. They asked for solutions to be looked at and a report prepared. However, it appears that they took two decisions that ultimately will prevent a satisfactory solution being found: they wanted a definitive solution to this problem that took many years to build up
in only one year
they only wanted to be informed about the result of the report
and not to be able to decide on a course of action based on the report.
To cut a long story short: because of the requirement to find a solution straight away the more animal friendly options like
contraception or moving animals
out of the park were not considered to be practical. Therefore the solution envisaged was a reset: drastically reduce the population,
especially the of the deer by shooting them before the winter.
It's perhaps hard to believe but it's true that someone somewhere thought that the best way to stop protests about animals being shot because they were too ill, too weak or too thin to survive the winter, was to shoot over
them while they were healthy and to sell some of the bodies for meat.
Is it any surprise that the public were unhappy with this policy? So protests were made and politicians gave fine speeches and told everyone that they would act. But when push came to shove, during the final meeting to discuss this policy on October 17 it was voted through. So any day soon, or perhaps I should say night,
the hunters will be checking the batteries of their night vision goggles, fitting silencers to their rifles and heading out to "reset" the animal population of the OVP (oops sorry, they've changed it's name to Nieuwe Land) with a bullet to the brain.
There is a petition that you can still sign to show your disapproval. Please do and share the petition amongst your family and friends. It might still help save the deer.
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1 For More information
The Oostvaardersplassen on Trip Advisor:
Website of National Park “Nieuw Land”:
Official Guide for visiting Holland website:
The subject of the Oostvaardersplassen on this website :