Wolf communities call for Spain’s strict wolf protection to be scrapped – EFE News

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Brussels, Nov. 16 (EFE).- Castile and León, Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, known as “wolf communities”, demanded this Wednesday in Brussels the removal of the strict protection of the wolf in Spain to regain control of herd population management north of the Duero River.

In an act on the active management of the wolf held this Wednesday in the European Parliament, the Minister of the Environment of Castile and León, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones, assured that the strict protection “does not guarantee the better state of conservation of the wolf, but is rather at the origin of the illegal extraction of wolves”.

In September 2021, the Spanish government changed the protection status of the wolf on the assumption that this species was in decline throughout the territory.

With this, he eliminated the powers of these Autonomous Communities (CCAA) in the management of this species, which guarantee that north of the Duero River the wolf is not in regression but that the populations increase and also the attacks on the goats, sheep, cows, horses or domestic dogs.

Wolf communities are home to 95% of wolves in Spain, as Suárez-Quiñones reported to EFE this afternoon, and they defend that the government was wrong in changing the status of wolf management, in the including in the list of wild species under special protection regime (Lespre).

Además, Suárez-Quiñones demonstrated that el Gobierno había regido por “ideológicos” criteria y no técnicos de protection de la biodiversidad, y que la Commission trabajaba con datos “erróneos” porque España envió un form sexen (2012-2018) que no era It’s correct.

The councilor, in statements to EFE, denounced that the Spanish executive “destroyed a situation of balance that existed until then in the coexistence of the wolf with extensive breeding, a balance that the autonomous communities had maintained thanks to to responsible, sensitive, technical and administrative management of the wolf and copy control”.

Likewise, in the act organized by the MEP of the European People’s Party (EPP), Juan Ignacio Zoido, Suárez Quiñones insisted that before there was an “orderly removal” of the wolves, but now “measures of self-defense” are imposed which will make “the wolf” regress.

“We are the first defenders of the conservation of the wolf, but also of people, and we ask that this balance be restored”, affirmed the councilor of Castilla y León.

The Minister of Environment of the Xunta de Galicia, Ángeles Vázquez Mejuto, the Minister of Rural Affairs and Territorial Cohesion of the Government of Asturias, Alejandro Jesús Calvo Rodríguez, and the Minister of Rural Development also participated in the event, although by videoconference. , Food Fisheries and Environment of the Government of Cantabria, Guillermo Blanco.

They all insisted that the change in the protection status of the wolf is not a question of political colors, since their respective governments belong to different parties, but that it is a territorial question, and they urged to recover their management in accordance with the provisions of the European Habitat Directive.

“The regions have the scientific studies, we have the censuses and we know how to manage them,” said Vázquez Mejuto, who during his speech assured that what they wanted was “to defend our territory, our farmers and their way of life”.

They also recalled that the change in the protection of the wolf has generated in these CCAAs the abandonment of extensive breeding, the increase in poverty, a greater danger of forest fires and, according to Suárez-Quiñones, a 17% increase in damage in a year.

“We have been sensible and responsible in carrying out management beyond reproach, which has not been proven to be incorrect, and this has been done by a government which, with nothing more than an ideology, has changed the pace of management. wolf,” he said. added.

The Spaniard de Leon added that “the People’s Party has prepared a proposal for a resolution, which supposedly could go to the plenary session to be held in Strasbourg (France) next week, where it is a question of saying that it is necessary to recognize in Europe that there is a problem (…) and that a solution must be found”.

On the other hand, Guillermo Blanco pointed out that they not only want “other species” to survive, but also that they want to preserve extensive livestock. “The fewer the livestock, the more fuel there is in our mountains and therefore more fires,” he said.

He also assured that these CCAA seek to “save biodiversity” with the fight against the wolf. “They have to let us do our population control of the species in our territory because we know it better than anyone,” he added.

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