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The EU is right – we have too few wolves in Sweden

DebattÅSIKTEU have the right – we have too few wolves in SverigeDebattören: licensed hunting has become a commercial trophy - and nöjesjakt This is an opinion

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The EU is right – we have too few wolves in Sweden
DebattÅSIKTEU have the right – we have too few wolves in SverigeDebattören: licensed hunting has become a commercial trophy - and nöjesjakt This is an opinion piece. It is the writer who stands for the views that are put forward in the text, not the newspaper Aftonbladet.Photo: GETTY the Swedish hunters association has interest in both hunting and culling should not be restricted by the EU directives, since these hunts are increasingly developed for commercial trophy and nöjesjakter, writes Margareta Sturemyr, vice-president, JaktkritikernaDEBATT

DEBATE. The last few days, proponents of hunting manifested in different types of media. Torbjörn Larsson from the Swedish hunters association stated in lunchekot 25 nov regarding the draft amendments to the EU-commission has submitted to the revisions of the habitats directive.

He is upset over that the restrictions of the hunting license and the hunting would be imposed and that the so-called socio-economic considerations would be removed from the directive, which would mean that the people who live in areas with predators to take responsibility for their domestic animals, for example, fence in the livestock.

In few days the EUROPEAN commission has amended its guidelines for state aid in the agricultural sector to make it possible for member states to grant full compensation to farmers for damage caused by protected animals, such as wolves, bears and lynx.

the Changes make it possible to completely replace the costs of the investments, made in order to prevent such damage, for example, build electric fence, or acquire the herding dogs. A serious action in order to save our Swedish rovdjurspopulationer.

Christoffer Fjellner has in a debate article in Aftonbladet stated in this question where he horrified over the ”many more wolves.” However, the problem is the opposite. The wolf situation is a clear example of what happens or has happened in Sweden, when the man from the law enforcement agencies for many years have vantolkat articles in the art-and habitat directive.

In Sweden, is now the Swedish wolf population during the so-called minimum level of ”favourable conservation status” and hunting license for 2019 is therefore stopped by the environmental protection agency.

Swedish animal welfare groups support the proposal that the EUROPEAN commission has put forward. We see the proposal as an attempt to correct serious abuses and it is, in our opinion, a step in the right direction.

The Swedish authorities have not followed the intentions of the EU - Commission Art - and habitat directive and thus the involved authorities to undermine Sweden's rovdjurspopulationer. It has also set itself over the EU's so-called community interest under the habitats directive, which means that the Commission fosters a sustainable conservation status of the protected/endangered predators in Europe.

Jaktbolag sell out very gainful trophy hunts to foreign hunters.

Hunters statement in the Echo was a degree of self-government, similarly, Christoffer Fjellner post in the newspaper Aftonbladet. Their interests are contrary to the directives of the species and habitats directives.

the Swedish hunters association has interest in both hunting and culling should not be restricted by the EU directives, since these hunts are increasingly developed for commercial trophy and nöjesjakter. Jaktbolag sell out very gainful trophy hunts to foreign hunters.

It is important that the EU rules in the habitats directive ”the Commission's revisions on the strictly protected species of community interest under the habitats directive” will be reflected in the Swedish law.


Margareta Sturemyr , vice-president, Jaktkritikerna


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