The Council of State a decision of the minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture Joke Schauvliege (CD&V) will be destroyed. It comes to the 2016 modified Soortenbesluit on the protection of animals and plants in Flanders. Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen had a complaint filed against a number of versoepelingen for the control of protected species of birds. That was only an appendix of the much larger Soortenbesluit, but the Council of State annulled the whole zwik. Including the part about expanding the list of in Flanders protected species, including the wolf.
“The de facto it means that Naya and Gust (and any other wolves in Flanders), currently their protection is lost,” concludes Draulans, to his great dismay. He finds that a disaster for the wolves. According to Draulans, this is also bad news for the Flemish government, “because they are now against a complaint from the European Commission looks at for not protecting the wolf”, a European protected species. The biologist points out that it is not the first time that the Council of State decisions of Schauvliege destroys. He accuses her carelessness.