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Brigitte Bardot slams Swedish wolf hunt

AFP/The Local · 9 Feb 2011, 14:30

Published: 09 Feb 2011 14:30 GMT+01:00

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"How it is possible to act in such a retrograde fashion in a country like

Sweden?" the 76-year-old French icon asked in a letter to environment minister Andreas Carlgren.

In her letter, Bardot asked Carlgren to cull the ongoing hunt.

"Minister, I am begging you, spare those poor creatures by stopping the hunt and letting the already fragile (wolf) population strengthen itself" she wrote.

The Local reported in January that the European Commission had launched legal action against Sweden for allowing hunters to shoot 20 wolves this year even though the species is threatened with extinction.

As of Wednesday, all wolves but one had been shot in this year's month-long hunting period, which ends Tuesday.

Sweden argues the hunt, which was reopened re-opened last year after a 46-year hiatus, allows it to strengthen the gene pool of its largely inbred wolf population.

The Scandinavian country wants to keep its wolf population at 210, and says it plans to import wolves from Finland and Russia to replace the culled ones.

The hunt is highly controversial in Sweden. On Sunday, protestors marched through central Stockholm carrying 20 coffins to symbolise the number of wolves in this year's hunt.

Bardot shot to international fame in 1956 with her controversial role as a demon-driven temptress in the movie "And God Created Woman," becoming an icon of the burgeoning sexual liberation era.

But stardom proved too much to handle and she abandoned her movie career in

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1973, aged just 39, retiring to the French Riviera resort of Saint Tropez.

Since then she has swapped the role of sex symbol for that of campaigner, selling off everything she owned to fund her animal rights foundation.

Editor's Note: a previous version of this article was erroneously adorned with a picture of the actress Ursula Andress, who has no connection whatsoever to the story. The error has now been corrected.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:24 February 9, 2011 by elepaol
But the woman in picture is not Brigitte Bardot, she is Ursula Andress!
16:38 February 9, 2011 by Rishonim
elepaol. I was wondering the same thing. The Local should get their act together.
16:45 February 9, 2011 by Swedesmith
Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Lindsay Lohan...they all look the same.
17:10 February 9, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
Sweden has been officially Slammed : )

I hope the EU sues the pants off 'em!

Not so smart now, huh Sweden.
18:52 February 9, 2011 by calebian22
Hmm, I wonder why her animal rights activism and subsequent fines levied by the French government for inciting hatred against muslims who ritually slaughter livestock (halal) is not mentioned? That is what she is most known for in the last 30 years. Maybe because the same liberally minded people who accept her support on this issue would be on the opposite side of her slamming the muslim demographic. Strange bedfellows in politics.
19:08 February 9, 2011 by rohermoker
She needs to eat more red meat Uf-da
20:42 February 9, 2011 by voiceofreason
Who is she?
22:14 February 9, 2011 by GLO
Goood thing. Her days are past, way past. I totally support her views. Sad for the Wolf, nature has no part to play....Big mistake for Sweden. Shame !!
23:14 February 9, 2011 by Great Scott
I think she should return to making films, horror films.
05:17 February 10, 2011 by saab
@Swedesmith... one of the greatest posts ever!

@GreatScott... not bad either!

I had a good guffaw!
05:42 February 10, 2011 by Nemesis
The hunt is stupid.

They are importing animals from other coutnries to shoot them as well.

They have no brains at all.
06:05 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen
Sweden wants to stop inbreeding by bringing in wolves from other countries. That must be why they have the asylum policy.... to stop inbreeding in the Swedish population. Makes sense, doesn't it? Well, it hasn't work in Riksdagen!
18:54 February 16, 2011 by buschmann
If Finland wont relinguish any of their wolfs we have plenty here in north america.
12:55 April 20, 2011 by bardotbrigitte
If you wanna know more about brigitte bardot, her biography, movies, books, music albums, go to http://www.bardotbrigitte.com

well, she is not alike Ursula Andress, and Lindsay Lohan..

far away...
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