Gallic Lycanthropy: ‘It’s not the pale moon that excites me’

The return of wolves to Theodore Dalrymple´s corner of France prompts his latest Salisbury Review essay about the reaction of various segments of French society to this new ecological development.

Permission is given to farmers in special circumstances to cull the wolves, about 40 a year, provided they can show that the wolves have caused damage that cannot be prevented any other way than by killing them; but the penalty for an unauthorised killing of a wolf is up to a year in prison and a fine of 15,000 Euros.

There are many, perhaps most, offences against human beings that are treated far more leniently by the law. Man may be a wolf to man, but not a wolf to Wolf.

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