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Sweden replies to EU wolf hunt reprimand

AFP/The Local · 29 Mar 2011, 08:04

Published: 29 Mar 2011 08:04 GMT+02:00

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In January, the European Commission decided to open a formal infringement procedure action against Sweden for allowing the hunt of a protected species.

It could lead to a case before the European Court of Justice, which can impose hefty fines on EU states that violate the union's rules.

"The aim of the government's wolf policy is for wolves to achieve the favourable conservation status that they currently lack," Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said.

"This requires strong and controversial measures, and the different aspects of wolf policy cannot be considered in isolation, as the Commission tends to do," he added.

The Swedish parliament decided in 2009 to keep wolf numbers at 210 animals, spread out in 20 packs, with 20 new pups per year.

Sweden argues that the hunt, which was reopened last year after a 46-year hiatus, is a way of strengthening the gene pool of its largely inbred wolf population, insisting that it will import wolves from Finland and Russia to replace the killed animals.

The hunt also enjoys support in rural Sweden, where the small wolf stock has grown over the past three decades and sheep and reindeer have increasingly

come under attack.

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Carlgren said Monday: "The wolf policy must enjoy support from those affected and be decided on in Sweden."

Many environmental groups in Sweden have urged a halt to the hunt.

The Swedish division of environmental group WWF said: "The government's answer is vague and does not answer the European Commission's tough questions."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:26 March 29, 2011 by rise
I'd like a hunt for politicians! There's no room for other species than the evil human.
10:16 March 29, 2011 by Nemesis
The European Commission, will come right back at them on this one.
11:19 March 29, 2011 by goober
Unless I am greatly mistaken all deaths of livestock due to wolf attacks are compensated by the government.

Maybe we are talking about the wholesale slaughter of sheep and reindeer but I suspect not.
11:38 March 29, 2011 by Åskar
"the hunt was needed to boost acceptance of the animal"

Rubbish. All that was boosted was the blood-thirst of the hunters.
12:21 March 29, 2011 by karex
Hopefully the European Commission will continue the pressure so all the hidden agendas will finally be revealed eventually. Boosting the health of the genetic population is a ridiculous excuse for indiscriminate killing. Somewhat less silly is the new excuse. I would suspect that wanting to stop paying damages is a truer hidden agenda... After all, any expense aside from possibly paying the salaries of public officials is akin to tabu here.
12:53 March 29, 2011 by eppie
'''''the hunt was needed to boost acceptance of the animal'''''

How does anyone come up with a sentence like that?
14:04 March 29, 2011 by rohermoker
The same PETA hog wash. Hunt the hunters, blood thirst, ridiculous excuse, the same blah,blah, blah.
16:02 March 29, 2011 by Twiceshy
Maybe we need to let wolves hunt some politicians in order to increase acceptance of politicians.
17:40 March 29, 2011 by eZee.se
What... THE...F....?

None of the questions were answered.

I hope the commission jumps on these numskulls' skulls.
01:08 March 30, 2011 by GLO
This is just NUTS......
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