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Sweden trying to 'trick' EU on wolf hunt

TT/Clara Guibourg · 23 Aug 2011, 10:09

Published: 23 Aug 2011 10:09 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen), World Wildlife Fund and the Predatory Animal Association (Svenska rovdjursföreningen) have decided to send the EU commission a joint statement on the matter.

“We feel that it’s highly important that we inform the Commission that the government is trying to trick the commission. They’re pretending to halt the hunt but then continuing it again, despite the fact that the wolf population isn’t viable,” said Mikael Karlsson, chairman of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation , to Sveriges Radio (SR).

Several experts have argued that the wolf population in the Nordic countries needs to grow to at least three times its current size to remain viable.

Following pressure from the European Commission, the Swedish government agreed to stop the licensed wolf hunt this winter. However, they hope to resume this hunt as soon as the winter 2012-2013.

At the same time, the government opted to scrap the ceiling of 210 wolves culled annually for wildlife management purposes. Minister for the environment Andreas Carlgren claims that this does not mean that an unlimited number of wolves will be culled.

“Of course not. We will reach a favourable conservation status with as few wolves culled as possible,” he said to news agency TT.

Carlgren feels the Commission has been unnecessarily rigid in their handling of the matter, meddling in something which ought to have remained a Swedish concern.

“Sweden’s policy on predators must be carried out with great consideration and respect for those that take the consequences of living near predators, that is the local population,” Carlgren told TT.

Sweden’s leading environmental agencies argue that the government’s actions show that they are trying to trick the commission, in an attempt to avoid a conviction in the European Court of Justice, and are now sending the European Commission a joint statement on the matter.

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“The government seems to hope that through this maneuver the Commission will be convinced to drop the case,” said Mikael Karlsson.

“But since they’ve committed to recommence licensed wolf hunts in 2013, both politically and in various documents, we feel the matter must be tried. We want a court precedent that hinders future licensed hunting,” he explained.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:15 August 23, 2011 by riose
It is a difficult problem.

People in the north live from the livestock, and wolves are a threat to it.

Suppose that every wolf attack costs you 10k:-.

What would you do if you have 10 attacks every year?

Of course they want less wolves.

The government should compensate their losses or something. Otherwise, the wolf hunt will continue.
12:23 August 23, 2011 by Abe L
Compensating people for attacks by predators isn't a solution, that's just an endless drain of tax money. There is nothing wrong with hunting in order to sustain a wildlife population. The only task in this for the government is to maintain facts on the number of species and the number it needs to be sustainable without affecting people living near them.

The EU has no business in this whatsoever.
13:08 August 23, 2011 by Osk
Compensation is paid.

It is also paid to hunters who have their dogs killed by predators up to 20,000SEK.
13:23 August 23, 2011 by heu
@riose: interesting you should mention the people in the north, since the wolf hunt in 2010 actually happened in Dalarna, Värmland, Västra Götaland, Örebro and Gävleborg. Nowhere near the north...

@Abe: "There is nothing wrong with hunting in order to sustain a wildlife population"

Just like there's nothing wrong with bombing a country in order to keep it peaceful, right?
15:39 August 23, 2011 by zircon
And what species are Swedes?
15:43 August 23, 2011 by swe-usa
@ heu. Apples and Oranges. Animals are not the same as human.
18:46 August 23, 2011 by heu
@swe-usa: I don't see your point. How can killing wolves sustain their population? They die out if there are too many of them?
23:25 August 23, 2011 by Dukratus
@ swe-usa: Yes it is true that we're not from the same species, in that part I agree with you, as for the rest, that's exactly the kind of thinking which make us treat animals as if they were things...Well as a matter of fact, WE the Humans are the problem, not the animals so I don't see how killing animals might possibly be a solution to anything in this world. So no, I don't see how your comment brought anything useful to this discussion.
23:33 August 23, 2011 by johan rebel
Would any sane person trust a guy with a hairdo like Carlgren's

Also, why are wolves not hunted in the North? Because there are no wolves in the North!

Why are there no wolves in the North? Because the Lapps illegally kill any wolf that has the temerity to take op residence there.
23:41 August 23, 2011 by Dukratus
And yes, it does seem that bombing a country is considered useful when it is to serve someone's purpose, peace isn't even an issue there! As a matter of fact I am yet to see the intrinsic "goodness" of the Human Being, wolves aren't vicious or evil, they are driven by their instinct and their need to survive, we keep destroying and occupying their habitat so it's obvious there's going to be a "clash", and sadly everyone knows how we deal with those "clashes" in these situations. Instead of trying to find a sustainable solution we just decide to erase everything in our path, cause in the end it's quicker and cheaper. Anyways who cares about a bunch of wolves right?
05:05 August 24, 2011 by wonderer
It is easy to say killing animal is illegal bla bla bla, but those human are killed or wounded they are not to be sympathized because they are human! and not an animal. Place yourself in the region where wolves comes down when they are outnumbered, What would you do, just watch and dial some number when they are in front of you; knowing that they are illegal to kill? Or shoot it and then go to jail because of killing an animal and saving yourself.
08:34 August 24, 2011 by rise
@ wonderer

Why would wolves even want to hunt down and attack a human - a human probably tastes like poison anyway, making the wolves mortally sick. ;)

I agree with the ones thinking that humans and not wolves are the problem; if one is looking at earth and picturing it as some cell, then the human would be some virus attacking every microorganism living inside that cell and eventually killing the cell itself too. And in the long run the virus/human is killing itself/herself as well, since it/she has been busy killing everything about the cell/earth which is providing all the necessary means to live.
08:50 August 24, 2011 by dammen
'Sweden's policy on predators must be carried out with great consideration and respect for those that take the consequences of living near predators, that is the local population'

does this also apply to the predators that live in urban and metropolitan areas and pretend to human?
16:38 August 26, 2011 by swe-usa
@heu. In fact many biological models do show that as a population of species grows to large, the quality of life for each individual decreases and at an inevitable point that species population will dip below its original size before the growth. Competition and over hunting of their prey are big factors during this cycle of a species population.
09:50 August 27, 2011 by IWP
The usual Sweedle bullsh*t! Europe 'meddling' in Sweedle affairs: Christ, this shower of morons want to be in Europe for trade purposes but always find themselves unable to comply with basic Euro-rules - Systemet, Spell, and until recently Pharmacies etc. Europe has learned the hard way that the only way to deal with the duplicitous Swedes is by direct action/intervention/rulings! Leaving aside the fact that the Swedes deserve to be kicked out of the union, they should shut up and try behaving decently for a change! A nation of total asswipes!
12:49 September 5, 2011 by heu
@swe-usa: Yes, that is true. But it is also true that after this drop in population, the population starts to grow again on its own. It is a self regulating system if humans don't interfere. If you ever study that, you know the prey/predator numbers follow periodic functions.

Anyway, I am sure 200 wolves for the whole of Sweden is way below the population equilibrium.
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