We had one of the more unusual protests that you could imagine....yesterday....in Wiesbaden. Somewhere between two and three thousand hunters and fishermen showed up....in hunting or fishing gear, and did a couple hours of protests and walking.
The protest? Well.....the local news (our regional network of HR here in Hessen) carried some reporting on the topic of the upset outdoorsmen. There's been some efforts by the Green Party to trim back hunting and fishing....so it's gotten some folks bit disturbed.
One of the things which has gotten put out in public information is that the fox population here in Hessen has increased in massive numbers over the past three decades due the anti-rabies vaccination being applied. As the hunters kinda point out.....this wonderful advancement on medicine.....led to more foxes being around and hunting rabbits at a higher rate. If the hunters don't respond to the higher population of foxes....it'll harm in a drastic way the rabbit population.
One of the odd things that I came across in reading up on all of this.....there's a hunting reference in the German Constitution (the Basic Law). It basically guarantees hunters their fundamental rights to hunt.....at least within reason.
The key agenda of the hunters in terms of the protests?
They want hunting rights respected....as it's written into the Basic Law. They want hunting seasons left intact and unchanged. It's songbirds ground-nest birds which are in danger and might need more 'help'. The hunters say there ought to be a longer hunting period for wild geese. Deer feeding should continue on with no changes. The hunters want to keep some distance from hedge critters and rare animals.
The effect of the protest march? Well....they got seen, and at least got a couple of minutes on the regional news. I'm guessing that they will be talking to political figures from all parties and getting some platform from each group. Green support can be discounted....they've already gotten their platform.
It might be an interesting episode to watch develop.