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Government and parliamentary majority is chasing wild geese in wolf policy. The slaughter of animal species listed on the red list is illegal and against Norway’s international obligations. Now another court has unanimously ruled that there is no basis for the shooting of the four wolves at Letjenna in April 2020. This gives the government a bluff and will continue as before until the final word is spoken in the Supreme Court.
This week, the verdict falls in the case of the wolf Letjenna. Noah’s animal protection organization won his lawsuit in Oslo District Court last summer. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals also ruled that the decision to kill in the wolf zone was wrong. The government believes that there are significant community interests that overshadow conservation considerations, and that logging will reduce conflict. He rejected the Court of Appeal. It is not enough that people are afraid of wolves to allow the shooting of endangered species.
It was almost 50 years ago wolves are protected in Norway. One should not believe that the policy of the Norwegian wolf, which is the opposite of protection. The so-called target population, a politically agreed target that does not match the majority of the electorate, is so low that wolves remain endangered, in violation of the Berne Convention and the Biological Diversity Act. Once the wolf population exceeds the target, it’s time to hunt wolves again. The wolf zone must provide special protection to animals. Courts have now ruled that government management of wolves within wolf zones is illegal.
This year’s wolf hunting conflict shows that the government has no real respect for what the justice system might think. It is natural to wait for an appeal to the High Court after a clear decision in the district court. The government’s only comment on this week’s defeat was that it believed the ruling was wrong and would appeal further to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, they will continue a practice deemed illegal by two courts.
Some people hardly think Labor have few options in government with the party where the ministers want to exterminate the wolves on Norwegian soil. We agree with Noah’s criticism of the Minister of the Environment Espen Barth Eide (Labour). He spoke with two tongues when one time he allowed the illegal killing of red-listed animals and the next stood on the UN pulpit and chaired a biodiversity summit, where he assured that Norway would be an active promoter of biodiversity internationally. He couldn’t even keep his promise at home.
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