I.In the Federal Association of Professional Shepherds, a dispute over how to deal with wolves has escalated. The board had excluded the chairman of the Berlin-Brandenburg Sheep Breeding Association, Knut Kucznik, said federal association spokesman Frank Hahnel on Saturday. First the “Märkische Oderzeitung” (Saturday) reported on the dispute. Kucznik had caused anger in the federal association because he had asked his professional colleagues with posts in social networks to ensure better herd protection of the sheep instead of demanding the shooting of wolves.
Since Kucznik has lodged an objection, the general meeting will decide on the exclusion in the coming week, said Hahnel. The trigger for the exclusion were videos that he posted on social networks, reported Kucznik. He wanted to show how the protection of sheep and goats with fences and guard dogs works. He had reacted to other posts from livestock owners who showed animals killed by wolves and called for wolves to be shot. The board of the federal association accused him of insulting his colleagues.
“In a weak moment, I was probably too haughty and high-school teacher in the contributions,” admitted Kucznik. In the matter, however, it is important to him that the shooting of wolves is prohibited by law and only permitted in wolves that repeatedly attacked herds of sheep or goats despite protective measures. “We shepherds are obliged to protect nature,” emphasized Kucznik. “On the other hand, we cannot demand the shooting of wolves.”
In Brandenburg, his association had achieved that the protective measures for hobby breeders were paid for in full by the state, emphasized Kucznik. Therefore, a large majority in the regional association is behind him. “The mood in the federal association is quite poisoned by my expulsion with an angry letter from the board,” said Kucznik. “There are quite a few members in the regional association who are therefore considering leaving the federal association.”