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Romania Bans Trophy Hunting of Brown Bears, Wolves, Lynx and Wild Cats

posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:49 PM by chloe owens

10/5/16, by Luke Dale-Harris, The Guardian

Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

…The move on Tuesday reverses a trend, which has seen the number of large carnivores being shot by hunters grow year on year since Romania’s accession into the European Union in 2007. In 2016, the largest hunting quotas yet gave hunters the mandate to shoot 550 bears, 600 wolves and 500 big cats over 12 months. Over the last decade, hunting has grown into a multimillion-euro industry in Romania…The government has claimed that in order to exist, the industry relies on a loophole in European law which allows for the culling of wild animals that have been proven to be a danger to humans. Under the habitats directive, all large carnivores are protected in the EU member states…”How can hunting associations count how many animals are causing damages a priori – before the damages have happened?  By introducing the ban, what we are doing is simply putting things back on the right track, as the habitats directive originally intended.”