The government gives the blow of grace to extensive livestock with the shield to the wolf

The legal shield to the wolf species by the government - effectively made officially this Tuesday with the publication of the Order that modifies the list of wi

The government gives the blow of grace to extensive livestock with the shield to the wolf

The legal shield to the wolf species by the government - effectively made officially this Tuesday with the publication of the Order that modifies the list of wild species under special protection regime (Lespre) - has caused a wave of criticism by of ranchers, hunters and also those autonomous communities where this animal has a greater number of copies.

"We regret that the arguments of the agricultural sector have been ignored," said Pedro Cheap, president of Asaja National, who remembered the 2020 records at the same time, where more than 15,000 wolves attacks were accounted for with losses higher than 9 '5 million euros ".

Luis Flat, the Minister of Agriculture, said yesterday that he supported the Order, although in February publicly demarcated from the initiative of his Cabinet Companion, Teresa Ribera, the owner of the Ecological Transition Portfolio. Then, flat assured: "As a minister, I do not agree and I share the concern of the ranchers and I am at the side of him." On Tuesday, he reclied him.

Although official studies are outdated over time (the latter is from 2014), it is estimated that in Spain, with an increasing census, there are between 2000 and 2,500 copies, grouped in 297 herds that are spread almost entirely -more 95% - in the northwestern cornice of the peninsula. All of them, without exception, will cease to be a cinegetic species, that is, it will no longer be able to hunt or legitimate defense for livestock, by protecting all the populations of Iberian Lobo (Canis Lupus) from Spain. Several autonomous communities have already been warning that it was going to be opposed frontally to the measure. It is the case of Castilla y León, where more species exist, along with Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria. All have confirmed that the Government's decision will be added to the national audience, which enters into force since this Wednesday. Precisely, these autonomous communities located north of Douro are the ones who live with the wolves in their territories and had already voted at the beginning of the year against the proposal. Specifically, in Castilla y León, an approved maximum feeder 113 copies (the same as in the previous one) were allowed in season, although the actual catches were finally 62 (55%). The total number of attacks denounced in this region in 2019 amounted to 2,579 affecting 3,774 heads of cattle. Losses exceeded 4,250,000 euros.

The approved measure without consensus raised ampoules unanimously, above ideologies and interests, throughout the agricultural sector in unison. Agricultural organizations Asaja, Coag and UPA accused the Government of condemning livestock to their "extinction". In a joint statement, the three organizations criticized that the executive has "breached" his commitment to them and has taken a measure "urban and irresponsible, which will cause pain and economic losses in rural areas."

The ranchers asked for the resignation of the minister for the ecological transition and the demographic challenge, Teresa Ribera, for making a decision in his opinion "tendentious and ideological, based on the falsehood that the Wolf is threatened in Spain." For agrarian organizations, the minister and her team have "missing the word of it", since "they committed themselves to negotiating the species management protocol before adopting that measure.

In addition, they announced that they are preparing mobilizations in all the affected areas: "The protection of the wolf is a measure taken from the offices and not from the peoples. Anyone who lives in the rural environment and is living with the Wolf knows that the best management is not The total protection, "indicated, so that livestock attacks, losses and depopulation include:" We will not allow us to order us to extinct. We will work because in the field there are still cows, goats, sheep, horses and others Animals. And not only wolves, "agrarian organizations have highlighted.

For its part, the Royal Spanish Federation Federation announced that it will file a contentious-administrative appeal before the National Hearing Room against this Order, "since there are no scientific criteria, updated censuses or a stakeholder of conservation and management that avalen The need for this special protection ". From this federation they accuse the government to eliminate the different wolf management plans that "are allowing their populations recovering and their coexistence with extensive livestock" by simple anticaza ideology ".

In addition, they remember that the protection of the species that has been applied from 1992 to the south of the Douro "has not worked since, far from allowing the populations to grow, they have practically disappeared." For the President of the Rfe, Manuel Gallardo, "This is a chapter more of the Roadmap that has the Ministry of Ecological Transition to try to end hunting in our country" and blame the government, "once again" that Pretty "The desires for Ecologists and Hallistas of the Rural World Development, which will be sentenced in the very close future if the government continues with its pseudoecologist and anticancer drift."

On the other hand, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Food (Map), Luis Flat, said on Tuesday that it supports the Order but remembers that "Livestocks feel afraid many times" Front this great predator, although he has been nuanced that although The initiative is from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, in the Executive are all "Together" in decision-making: "Beyond legal norms, farmers feel afraid many times (to the wolf), and I understand it and it is reason of concern, we all have to demonstrate to the ranchers that society is with them and that is also willing to defend their legitimate interests. "

According to the data provided by the Minister in February, last year there were a total of 592 incidents relating to the wolf in Spain, which derived in indemnities of agrosecurism worth 252,000 euros, an estimated figure as "ridiculous" for agricultural organizations.

Updated Date: 22 September 2021, 07:14

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