Culling of wolves in three European nations, opposes conservation groups
Conservationists are furious after Scandinavian countries like Finland, Sweden and Norway plan to cull wolves this winter to control their population.
Swedish hunters have already culled the majority of their annual target of 27 wolves, while Finland plans to kill 20 wolves in its first population management cull.
Out of them, Norway will cull 60%, or 51 wolves, to maintain the wolf population in the country and end up with a maximum number of three breeding pairs, according to Republicworld.com.
According to Birdguides, the cull in Norway, which exceptionally kills up to 25 wolves inside the country’s “wolf protection zone”, has been described by government officials as a “compromise” between maintaining predators in Norway and allowing livestock production to continue safely.
Conservation groups are fighting for this horrible situation
The chief executive of an animal rights organization called Noah, Siri Martinsen, said the killing of wolves is horrific.
The wolf management in Norway threatens these wolves and they just shoot them because some people don’t like them. And it’s offensive to keep a species at a critical level of extinction.
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According to the Republicworld.com report, in Norway, the wolf protection and conservation area covers 5% of the country, with wolf protection being their top priority.
Despite this, 25 wolves would be culled this winter inside the protected area unless Noah’s case wins.
In addition, wolves discovered beyond the protection zone are not allowed to breed and will be killed if a regional council decrees that they could pose a danger to livestock or semi-domesticated reindeer.
Noah sued the government for their decision to hunt a family of wolves inside the wolf zone when this question was collected in 2020.
Finding that the government had failed to show sufficient grounds to compromise on the meticulous protection of the wolf, the court handed down its judgment and concluded that the decision violated the Natural Diversity Act last summer.
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Government officials consider illegal killing inside wolf zone
According to Icenews, conservationists in Finland and Sweden have asked the European Court of Justice to declare the logging illegal, but governments consider it legal under the Habitats Directive.
Furthermore, they accused these three Scandinavian countries of creating a hostile environment for wolves and of disobeying EU laws that protect these creatures.
The president of the NGO Svenska Rovdjursföreningen, Magnus Orrebrant, said the common denominator in Norway, Sweden and Finland is the powerful hunting organizations that worry politicians.
Hunters want a major place to hunt moose and they want a large moose population.
However, the wolves did not create any problems, as reported by Birdguides.
Research from the Institute of Natural Resources of Finland said that a biologically healthy wolf population should be over 500.
Meanwhile, wildlife organizations in Finland, as well as Sweden, have asked the European Commission and the European Court of Justice to consider wolf kills illegal, however, both national administrations believe that these exceptions to habitats must have a directive permit for legal use. cullings, Republicworld.com reported.
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