EU news: Hated Brussels law angers farmers as wolves threaten livestock | World | News
The EU offers strict legal protection status in its Habitats Directive to wild wolves as a vulnerable and valuable species. But across the bloc there are now grievances that wolves have taken over their land and are increasingly attacking their livestock.
All forms of capturing and killing wolves are strictly prohibited in the EU.
But according to Norbert Lins, chairman of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee, the issues raised by EU farmers have reached such a point that reform of the bloc’s regulations is needed.
He said: “We have now reached a stage where it is going to be necessary to revise the Habitats Directive.”
Renew MEP Ulrike Müller also said that “agriculture is particularly affected by this and we are seeing with great concern an increasing number of attacks on domestic animals”.
While MEP Herbert Dorfmann stressed that it “should not be taboo to discuss the need to manage these populations”.
The European Commission has so far rejected proposals made to the European Parliament since 2018, but as the motion received a favorable response in Strasbourg on January 10, the committee is expected to vote on the amendments on February 28.
Dutch MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen, who supports the resolution, said: “We cannot afford to sit idly by.
This is not the first time that the hated EU Habitats Directive has sparked outrage among farmers.
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“Rumor has it that the Dutch government wants to expropriate Dutch farmers. They are blamed for the nitrogen problem.
“To my surprise, Dutch farmers are demonstrating against the Dutch government in the Netherlands, when the source of this problem is actually the EU.
“Our big farmers had better demonstrate in Brussels or Luxembourg in front of the EU. The Brussels bureaucrats are the cause.
“The Netherlands is the second largest agricultural exporter in the world. We don’t depend on anyone for food and other countries depend on us for food.
“The EU seems to want to tear everything down so that we can no longer be an independent country.
“If our wonderful farmers are driven out by EU policies, which are of course scrupulously followed by our Europhile government, where do they go? They can go to countries where farmers are welcome.
“Will this stop the emission of nitrogen on the earth? No.
“If we eventually leave the EU, our strong agriculture will give us leverage if the EU tries to bully us like it did with the British during the Brexit negotiations.
“The EU needs us more than we need them. We feed other EU countries.”