In an attempt to safeguard environment and wildlife, Germany is planning to spend millions on animal-only bridges. Reports say that humans will not be allowed to use these ‘Green Bridges’ and will face a €35 fine if caught violating the rule.
The German government will build over a 100 bridges over the next decade, according to the reports. The campaign, however, for these bridges had been going on for a decade by Gerhard Klesen, a forester employed by the Ruhr Regional Association. He was the first to demand an animal-only bridge to be built over a motorway in the town of Schermbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Man-made motorways and busy roads do not leave enough space for animals to move around freely, according to Klesen, this shortens their lifespan and disturbs ecosystem as a whole. “The area of land east of the motorway at Schermbeck is much smaller than that on the western side,” Klesen stated in an interview with The Local.
The forester was inspired by the wildlife crossings in the Netherlands where more than 600 tunnels installed under major and minor roads have helped to significantly increase population levels of the endangered species of the European Badger, according to The Humane Society of the United States.
While there are some people who think that the million-euro measure might prove to be helpful, there are others who disagree with the concept.
On Redditor wrote:
‘We take their homes in the woods and we take the trees and we build things and offer nothing in return. Of course this is a wonderful idea! Regardless of how much it costs, think of all of the animal collision accidents that will be avoided?’
“Interesting concept, but my experience with deer is that they are going to run in front of trucks. It doesn't matter how many other directions there are to go, it doesn't matter that it's the only truck for miles around. When they see the headlights, they wait until the last second and bolt in front of them.”
Which argument do you support? Do you think it’s a positive step taken by the German authorities and is worth spending millions of Euros?