Licence to kill last wolf in Meurthe-et-Moselle

In in the coming weeks the prefecture of Meurthe-et-Moselle (France) will authorize  shooting of the wolf, accused of a multitude of herd attacks, especially in the south of the department. the decision announced on July 4th. The licence to kill the last surviving wolf is considered as pro-hunting lobby success, phrasing the understanding and sympathy of President Macron to their passion to spend free time killing wild animals. In March Emmanuel Macron announced that from 17% to 19% of the population of wolves can be slaughtered, while the scientific expertise, commissioned by the Ministry of Ecology, indicates that the permissions to hunt should not to exceed 10% of the estimated number so that the population presenting a numerical balance remains stable.

The wolf protection French NGO CAP Loup launched an appeal the state to abandon its plans to slaughter 500 wolves, and to prioritize the policy of protection of herds. They also insist on inclusion in the National Wolf Plan a precision that shooting a wolf should remain a justifiable exception, as provided for by the derogation rules of Annex IV of the Habitats Directive, and not a political solution of ease that becomes the rule.

French conservationists consider the extermination of 500 wolves is not a reasonable measure, pointing that  “France is increasingly  in contradiction with the international texts of the Bern Convention and especially the European Habitats Directive”. Limiting the wolf population in France to its current size means keeping it in a “vulnerablestatus quo, as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is “not a favorable conservation status”, CAP Loup underlines.

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  • According to its June 2000 “Action Plan for the conservation of the wolves (Canis lupus) in Europe” during the CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION OF EUROPEAN WILDLIFE AND NATURAL HABITATS, a Group of Experts on Conservation of Large Carnivores said this:

    “In spite of the critical need to have reliable information on the amount and type of damage to the livestock industry caused by wolves, little research has been carried out. The overall damage as a percentage of the livestock industry is almost always irrelevant (<0.5%). Indeed, the damage to livestock caused by wolves is very low when compared with other causes of livestock mortality and is often perceived as excessively important. This may to some extent be due to the psychological impact of this type of mortality (caused by a predator) and the fact that it is hard to distinguish clearly the attacks of wolves from those of stray and feral dogs."

    Isn't it time that the livestock industry is forced to install decent measures to keep wolves away from their livestock? Killing wolves and wolf packs just because farmers stole their hunting grounds doesn't mean that farmers can get away with keeping their livestock on public land instead of their private grounds.

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