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EU steps up legal threats over Sweden's wolf hunt

TT/The Local/dl · 17 Jun 2011, 07:56

Published: 17 Jun 2011 07:56 GMT+02:00

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"Despite efforts done Sweden has not yet brought its policy for the protection of endangered wolves into line with EU rules on nature protection," Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said in a statement.

Sweden's environment minister Anders Carlgren reacted to the news by stating that "the dialogue with the Commission is ongoing".

"The Commission has with its decision made it clear that the question of whether Sweden will be brought before the EU court will be made in the autumn," Carlgren said in a statement.

According to the environment ministry, Sweden will get back to the Commisison with a plan which addresses limits on the number of wolves that can be shot and as well as how the packs gene pool will be strengthened.

The European Commission has for months criticised Sweden's policy for managing its wolf pack, including the decision to continue with a licenced wolf hunt for the last two years.

"We're still not convinced that Sweden has a plan for protecting its wolf population," Joe Hennon, a spokesperson for Commissioner Potocnik, told the TT news agency.

Nothing has changed since the European Commission's first statement on the issue in January, and Sweden has yet to present convincing arguments as to why the wolf hunt should continue, according to Hennon.

"The licenced hunt isn't in line with EU rules. You can hunt individual wolves that are a threat to livestock, for example, but you can't have a general hunt," he said.

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One of the main criticisms of the hunt is that, after two seasons, very little has been done to strengthen the wolf packs gene pool.

The Commission also expressed its disapproval over Sweden's decision to set a limit on the size of its wolf pack and the lack of effective measures to protect against inbreeding.

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Your comments about this article

11:04 June 17, 2011 by rybo1
Get out of the EU!
11:42 June 17, 2011 by infidel2012
What a waste of effort on the EU's part. There's no way the Swedish hunter will ever accept that wolves should be protected. Most of the hunters in Sweden that I have talked with, seem to have an IQ of about 20, and quite surprisingly, they passed the safety exam to even have a hunting rifle permit, very strange.

Hej Sverige, you chose to join the EU, now is not the time to pick and chose which Euro policies that seem to custom fit your policies. Now, pay the fine like you do when enforcing the other lawbreakers in this country. Set the example !
14:01 June 17, 2011 by flintis
Looking back in history the last 150- 200 yrs have been the most destructive on record, no other species on the planet has destroyed so much habitat, wildlife, flora & fauna as the human being.

Let the Wolf alone before another species disappears
14:16 June 17, 2011 by Borilla
Moderates trying to by votes at the expense of the wolves. If the "hunters" want to shoot at things, they should join the army and go to Afghanistan. But, then, they probably don't want to hunt anything that shoots back.
14:55 June 17, 2011 by DOZ
Leave the EU. It is nothing but a German Puppet of the USA.
15:45 June 17, 2011 by tadchem
If they had tried to sell the idea that culling the wolf packs would reduce their carbon footprint and save the Earth (as Australia is doing with its wild camel population), they might have gotten away with it.

Even the animal rights crowd is afraid to take on the global warming activists.
15:56 June 17, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
The cull is ridicuous - Sweden has a whopping 300 wolves or so. Big deal. Leave them alone.
17:01 June 17, 2011 by Swedesmith
We should be culling politicians.
18:22 June 17, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
I really don't think people should go around killing wolves. :(

Wolves are good for the Earth's natural environment.
21:43 June 17, 2011 by GLO
Leave them alone !!!! Nature will decide...Fools.....
01:04 June 18, 2011 by spacemous
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07:31 June 18, 2011 by rufus.t.firefly
The Swedish attitude toward wolves is medieval. For a people that thinks of itself as modern and forward-looking, the wolf hunt is an astonishing reversion to ancient, unquestioned stupidities.
14:26 June 18, 2011 by svensk2011
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
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