German shepherds rallied together with their sheep in central Berlin on Sunday to call for more respect for their job and better salaries.
The march departed from the House of World Cultures in Tiergarten park and arrived at the Bellevue Palace.
One of demonstrators, Misha Wenk, stressed the importance of sheep farming for the conservation of landscapes and diversity of species. However, Wenk pointed out that this great impact is undervalued. According to reports, the shepherds claim they require state support and higher prices on domestic sheep products in order to make a living.
Flocks of sheep help to conserve around 430,000 hectares of land in Germany. It prevents the extinction of a range of flora and fauna varieties and helps to protect coastal areas from floods.
"Without sheep there would be only forest, only monoculture, only forest and that would be a problem," Wenk concluded.