"Unlawful" Wolf Cull - EU Must Intervene
Sweden's first Winter wolf cull in over 45 years is continuing to provoke debate with environmental and animal protection agencies calling on the EU to intervene.
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, WWF and Swedish Predatory Animal Association say the government's decision to allow the hunting of 27 wolves at the turn of the year was "unlawful" and have written to representatives of the EU Commission's Environment Directorate in Brussels and called on them to investigate what they are calling " a crime" against the EU's legislation on species and habitat
They say Sweden's wolf population ,numbering 240, is "critically endangered."
Parliament voted for 27 wolves to be killed after it decided to limit the population to 210 animals for the next five years.
The authorities claim that the wolves are a threat to livestock and the herds of reindeer in the north and that the wolves have genetic disabilities because they are products of only 3 animals dating back to the 1970's when the Swedish wolf population was near extinction. 10 000 hunting permits were issed and 25 out of the quota of 27 animals were killed almost at once. A record number of protest letters from Sweden and abroad came into the Swedish ministries for enviornment and agriculture about the need for a cull and the way it was handled.