Energy and Environment

Putting wolves back in Britain will only damage ecosystems


In the Media

Christopher Snowdon quoted by The Daily Mail

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Spectator

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has written for The Spectator on why introducing wolves to Britain is a bad idea, despite the affirmations of sheltered city dwellers.

Chris wrote:

“Should we release packs of ravenous wolves into the English countryside? The answer is so obviously ‘of course not, are you insane?’ that I anticipated no disagreement when I scoffed at a pro-wolf Guardian article by George Monbiot last week.

“Monbiot has been banging on about the benefits of wolves for twenty years. He accepts that wolves kill people from time to time, but says that depression also kills people and that ‘the excitement of knowing that they [man-eating predators] are out there somewhere’ could prevent depression and thereby save lives.

“George Monbiot is probably right when he says that city dwellers enjoy an occasional frisson of excitement from thinking that wolves are on the prowl somewhere, but this seems an insufficient reason to overrule the wishes of people in villages who will have to ‘co-exist’ with them. Rural management should not be dictated by whatever makes townies feel edgy.”

You can read the full article here.