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EU action against wolf hunt

Published torsdag 27 januari 2011 kl 15.50
"If a species is in that condition, hunting is prohibited"
(0:10 min)
One of the culled wolves

The European Commission has taken legal action against Sweden for allowing a wolf cull this year, even though the species is threatened with extinction.

The commission has raised concern over what it says is the “arbitrary ceiling” of 210 wolves the government has decided to allow in this country. During the controversial cull, hunters were licenced to kill 20, nearly 10 percent of the wolves here.

The Commission has opened a formal infringement procedure, which can lead to a case before the European Court of Justice.

In London, the responsible EU Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, talked to Swedish Radio News.

However, he does say that Sweden’s plan to improve the wolf gene pool by bringing in some wolves from outside the country does show good will.

The European Commission is also taking legal action against Sweden for deficiencies in consumer protection for distance sales of financial services, and against Sweden and six other countries for signing their own bilateral agreements on airline overflights of Russian territory.

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