START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
2,491,001 people care about Environment & Wildlife

Woman Drives Hercules into Forest to Stop Hunters

Woman Drives Hercules into Forest to Stop Hunters

 

Written by Diane Weisenberger of Hessen, Germany

Push-through hunt that is what Druckjagd means in German and the local paper said it was coming to my neck of the woods. Deer, boar and foxes would be surrounded in the forest, then pushed into the paths of guns, the veritable carpet bombing of precious wildlife.

I spent two days writing to animal protection groups, trying to drum-up some intervention — “A flashmob,” I suggested — but no one replied.

Time for direct action. The morning of the hunt, I rode my Hercules moped towards the hunters. Here’s your bravery test,” I whispered into my helmet, then plunged past the armed men and into the hunting corridor. Dulled warning whistles met me up and down the paths. Angry men in green and red waved me off frantically, but silently.

It Was Working!

Up and along the trails I rode, gunshots firing north and south. I wanted them to worry about me — to hesitate in shooting their prey. And it was working.

A huge buck thundered into my path, just feet ahead, running for his existence and in the right direction. I rode behind him until he was safe, past the furious hunters shouting with their hands, “Get out of here!”

Then a panicked young deer, then four more. It was too easy to see them. Bravery test again. I slipped the moped between them and the killers, and again pushed my hoofed cousins to safety. No more shots were heard from that direction.

All It Takes is a Spark

The forest was huge and the push-through hunt thorough. Many fellow Earthlings, beautiful deer, foxes and boar, were successfully murdered that day.  All were terrorised. But…five beautiful deer escaped, and many deadly shots were withheld because of my presence.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase

Do You Have a Rescue Story that Would Inspire the Millions of Readers on Care2.com?

Please log on to The Great Animal Rescue Chase website to share your own rescue story and it might just be featured right here on Care2.com in our daily blog.  It takes just 20 seconds to register and then you can begin sharing. We will notify you within about 30 days if your story is chosen and ask your permission before posting it here.

 

Related Stories:

Woman Digs Deep to Rescue Abandoned Hunting Dogs

Giraffe Hunters Paying Up to $15,000 To Kill For Sport

Western States Killing Wolves By the Hundreds

 

Read more: , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

299 comments

+ add your own
5:54AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Heroism is DEFINED as someone putting their own safety and well-being in danger to protect the safety and well-being of another.

A lot of talk like "that person is a hero" is bandied about, and usually about someone who really doesn't deserve it. Like people who do something that is really no threat to them, merely something they have to endure, when they put themselves into that situation to begin with. And nothing to do with saving another's life.

This is a case of a real, actual hero. This woman put her LIFE on the line to protect innocent animal's lives. Thank you Diane, you are one of the good ones.

As far as the flash mob idea is concerned, I think it's a great idea. So unfortunate that many people are not interested in doing things like that. I had a great idea to start a group with people who had lost pets, but everyone I contacted wanted me to find their pet and cared nothing about anyone else's pet. Sadly, most people are just selfish and self-centered.

3:11PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Diane, thank you for your bravery.Hopefully what you did will be an inspiration to stop these push through hunts.

11:18PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

You're such a brave and strong person. What you did was really inspiring. I hope this causes a ripple effect and more people decide to take action. (: Thank you for doing that.

8:03AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Diane, you are one brave lady!! I never have understood what men get out of hunting innocent animals.
I'm sure those deer would thank you if they could, so I will, for them. Thank you so much for saving these 5 beautiful deer!! Bless you!!

10:05AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Count me in...I hate this sport???? this sport KILLING FOR PLEASURE,you can be sure
when some human comes along and tells me he went killing i give him my honest opinion.
I do not want to be close to a human that can shoot animals.BAD FEELING.

8:59AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Go Diane! You certainly did put your bravery to a test to save what animal you could. Applause and loud cheers to you with big fat shiny green stars! :)

7:38AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

5 saved is better than nothing, pity there are such killing idiots in abundance.

7:29AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Hi Again, Let me update the last message and direct you to:

Stopthehunt@groups.care2.com

This will be a good place to brainstorm how to Stop the Hunt!

6:48AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Fair play to ya girl, we need more like ya out there :-)

8:07AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thanks everyone for your thoughtful and heartfelt replies.

I doubted the hunters would shoot me with all those witnesses. Still,
it would have been safer, and more effective, to walk a big brass
band through the woods.

There is a need for some sort of network of people willing to flash-mob
hunts. The simplest thing would be a map with pins denoting where
supporters can be found in a given area.

If you have some ideas along these lines, the guidance would be greatly
appreciated. I opened a Facebook account as Spark Mob if you want to
get in touch.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free
CONTACT THE EDITORS

Recent Comments from Causes

Very interesting...

I think the best way forward is to encourage McDonald's to get better not to boycott it. As for the man…

Thanks for the article......bonfire and cracker nights are illegal in Australia.........unless you have…

ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.