WOLF SLAUGHTER IN NORWAY YET AGAIN
In 2001 Proact supported the Norwegian Carnivore and Raptor Society’s opposition to a Norwegian government decision to cull 8 individuals in one of the few remaining wolf packs in the country, on the Norwegian-Swedish border. This caused international concern and received a great deal of media attention.
The Norwegian Carnivore and Raptor Society is again appealing for international protest against a new cull of 6 wolves, which was announced by the government on 6th January 2005 and has resulted to date in the killing of two alpha females. This time the hunt is not being carried out in hired helicopters by state employees; local private hunting groups will be licensed to kill in order to shift the focus and criticism away from the authorities.
Carry on to the protest campaign or read more here on the background to the present cull …
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
It is probably too late to influence or stop the present cull – sad as that may be. It is however essential that the Norwegian government are made aware – from as many quarters and individuals as possible – that such disregard for species and the environment on the part of individual nations is totally unacceptable in the 21st Century.
To this end you are invited to send a mail of protest to the relevant authorities in Norway including the responsible ministries and members of the Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.
mail to the responsible Norwegian authorities
and copied to the EU Commission.
If you have time you can also address a separate letter to the EU, asking them when they will put pressure on Norway to cease such culls, here:
REQUEST FOR EU ACTION
Addresses in full:
Minister of the Environment Mr. Knut Arild Hareide:
Ministry of the Environment – Central Office:
Directorate for Nature Management:
The Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment:
individual members of the Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment:
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(Copying to the organisers enables us to assess the level of response and potential success of the campaign)
A draft text is provided for your use below; but if you wish to write in your own words, and especially in your own language, this is likely to have an even greater impact.
ANOTHER WAVE OF WOLF KILLINGS IN NORWAY – IRRESPONSIBLE AND SELFISH ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOUR BY A MODERN OF STATE
By electronic mail to:
Minister of the Environment Mr. Knut Arild Hareide
The Directorate for Nature Management
Members of the Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment
Dear Madam and Sir,
The news of the renewed slaughter of 6 European Wolf Canis lupus lupus individuals once again demonstrates Norway’s stubborn self-exclusion from the family of modern democratic states, which are attempting to retain as much biodiversity as possible for future generations, in an increasingly industrialised and consumption-orientated world.
This unilateral action on your part, which affects the fauna of Scandinavia and Europe as a whole, is met with disbelief from both experts and the general public alike in many countries worldwide.
We urge you to stop this cull immediately. We also appeal to you to reverse your present policy of culling natural predators (e.g. bears, wolves, wolverines and eagles) which have an important function in the balance of nature; and which are an important part of our remaining but shrinking common reserve of European birds and mammals.
In the hope that in the future you will revise your destructive environmental policies, and cease the needless killing of animals who also have a right to share our environment, we remain,
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