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Sweden: Unethical and illegal killing of wolves
The wolf is an endangered species and only a few hundred remain in the country
26 January 2011
In Sweden almost 7000 hunters are chasing 20 wolves meaning that more than 300 hunters are after one poor animal.
15 of 20 of the hapless wolves have already been shot so far, including four alpha- and two tagged animals. Alpha animals are the most senior animals of the pack, and tagged wolves are being observed for research purposes.
The government is turning a blind eye to all this and continues to accommodate hunters’ demands.
This hunt is not only unethical and outrageous but may also be downright illegal. EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said that he was taking formal action against Sweden for hunting wolves in breach of European Union (EU) legislation.
How embarrassing for Sweden!
Since the government is breaking the law, the Left Party has demanded an extraordinary debate in parliament, which will probably take place next week.
Author: Jens Holm, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen)
Link: Sweden's wolf hunt heading to court: EU
Link: Wolf hunt set to proceed despite EU complaints
Other EVANA-articles about this topic:
Swedish wolves now safe? ()
EU: Commission urges Sweden to respect nature legislation in protecting endangered wolves (en)
Opnieuw massajacht op wolven in Zweden (nl)
Wolf Hunting in Sweden (en)
Jens Holm, Member of Swedish Parliament: (en)
EVANA Interview with Jens Holm, member of the European Parliament representing the Swedish Left Party: (en)