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The EU Commission: Stop massive killing of vulnerable carnivore spieces in Sweden!

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The EU Commission: Stop massive killing of vulnerable carnivore spieces in Sweden!


Why this is important

Swedish parliament has on 10th of december decided to allow massive hunting of large carnivores, including red-listed lynxes vulnerable golden eagles and endangered wolves. In contrast to conclusions from the research community and governmental committees, the aim is now set to nearly half the wolf population.

Sweden’s policy for large carnivores has recently been invested by two governmental committees. In the governmental Committee on Large Carnivores, the appointed international research panel suggest at least 700 wolves in Sweden to equate favourable conservation status, but the now adopted parliamentary objective is the range of 170-270 individuals. The governmental Wolf Committee proposed that the Environmental Protection Agency should define favourable conservation status, based on scientific findings, but the parliament now decided to do this itself with no scientific support.

Also when it comes to lynxes, bears, wolverines and golden eagle, the now politically adopted objectives, claiming to represent favourable conservation status, have no factual basis.

The European Commission launched a formal infringement procedure against Sweden in 2011, for potentially violating the habitat directive (92/43/EEC).

The EU Commission has no other choice than taking Sweden to the Court of Justice of the European Union, if this new policy is carried through.

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Posted December 11, 2013
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