During the 1930s the Nazis had elements that were supportive of animal rights, zoos and wildlife,  and took several measures to ensure their protection.  In 1933 the government created a stringent animal-protection law and in 1934, Das Reichsjagdgesetz (The Reich Hunting Law) was enacted which limited hunting.   Several Nazis were environmentalists (notably Rudolf Hess ), and species protection and animal welfare were significant issues in the regime.  In 1935, the regime enacted the "Reich Nature Protection Act" ( Reichsnaturschutzgesetz ). The concept of the Dauerwald (best translated as the "perpetual forest") which included concepts such as forest management and protection was promoted and efforts were also made to curb air pollution . 
The living tableaux of Biblical scenes were designed as conversion aides. As theatrical productions, they were viewed by Secwepemc people who travelled from neighbouring reserves, some of whom were photographed by the Catholic Mission as evidence of their popularity (left). In a statement of Euro Christian triumphalism, the Catholic authorities boasted in 1912: "Heathenism and old custom are now extinct, the entire tribe being civilized and officially reported Catholic ... In addition to the flourishing Oblate mission at Williams Lake, another under the same auspices at Kamloops is equally successful ... As a rule they are moral" Catholic Encyclopedia . In contrast were the words of the chiefs: "What have we received for our good faith, friendliness and patience? Gradually as the whites of this country became more and more powerful and we less and less powerful, they little by little changed their policy towards us and commenced to put restrictions on us. Their governments have taken every advantage of our friendliness, weakness and ignorance to impose on us in every way. They treat us as subjects without any agreement to that effect and force their laws on us without our consent, and irrespective of whether they are good for us or not" Memorial to Sir Wilfred Laurier .