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EU requires member states to raccoons fight
Animals The EU is forcing all member states to hunt the raccoon as soon as the exot populations, formed in a country. That is agreed in article 17 of the European regulation, ‘invasive alien species’. The petition against the proposed hunting of raccoon in Dutch Limburg, has little sense, because the Netherlands is obliged to the raccoon fight.

That says Maurice La Haye, wasbeerkenner and a researcher at the mammal society. "The AAP wants the raccoons catch, but there is a hefty price tag. Dutch Limburg has in the past half year, all very carefully researched and concluded that care of the animals is precious. A crowdfundingsactie to raise money for long-term care of raccoons was therefore perhaps have been better. Because without money there is, how annoying, no other possibility than to kill the animals". the

Exotic species
Raccoons are from North and South America and do not belong in Europe at home. The raccoon came in 2016 to visit the so-called Unielijst of the EU . This list includes all plant and animal species whose distribution on the European mainland is undesirable.

Without the money is there, how annoying, no other possibility than to kill the animals.

Maurice La Haye, wasbeerkenner and a researcher at the mammal society
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La Haye: "The animal looks cute, but it is really not a fresh beast. The raccoon may be infecting people with the wasbeerspoelworm, a very common disease." The raccoon spreads the parasite (B. procyonis) via the fur and feces. Infection causes severe and sometimes lethal neurological symptoms. Young children, those dirty hands in their mouths, walk the extra risk.

In the Netherlands sit according to the mammal society now populations in Maastricht on the Belgian border, and in Sittard-Geleen. Also diving raccoons in the area. The animals come from Germany. "There is long nothing done to fight, but Germany is now also in action on the basis of the same EU rule," said La Haye. "The European states should work together a stick for stitches, otherwise it is mopping with the tap open. And yes, that means killing. There is no good alternative".

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