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The Reset in the #Oostvaardersplassen National Park “Nieuw Land” has started with at least 134 healthy animals already shot and with 1700 still to go. Official images of the killing can be seen under this link:
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 2018 it was voted through. Some court cases were started in order to prevent the killing, but they all failed and so the shooting has begun. In the month of December about 130 healthy deer have been shot. This just serves to show the futility and impracticality of the "reset": it was based on the assumption that they could kill twenty or more deer every day. The number of shooters has been increased from 4 to 16. This shows just how far removed from reality and amateuristic the authorities are: from the very beginning their "solution" was criticised for not only being unnecessarily cruel but also impractical. How are they going to ensure that each animal that is killed is shot without suffering? How are they going to respect family groups?
Obviously something needs to be done to find a practical, animal-friendly solution to this problem. But the authorities won't act without some pressure and without being made aware of the public outcry.