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France's Strict Cheese-Making Rules Leave Sheep Farmers at Mercy of the Wolves

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:26 PM by chloe owens

10/9/17, by Ben Mcpartland, The Local

France’s strict cheese-making rules leave sheep farmers at mercy of the wolves

Sheep farmers in France were set to protest on Monday at what they see is the government's failure to protect their animals from attacks by wolves. They claim one of the problems is the strict regulations for making cheeses…Over 8,000 farm animals, mostly sheep, were killed in attacks blamed on wolves in the past year -- mainly in the south-east of the country. So far this year, wolves have killed 4,153 animals in France, according to an official government tally. In July the government gave the green light for the slaughter of up to 40 wolves by July 2018 -- unchanged from 2016/2017 -- representing a little over 10 percent of France's growing wolf population…Roquefort is a sheep milk blue cheese from Aveyron and is recognized as a geographical indication with a protected designation of origin…Giacobbi says because sheep have to spend most of the year in open pasture they are particularly vulnerable to wolf attacks.