The Iberian wolf’s defense against poaching would continue throughout Spain. A proposal to return to the status it had eight months ago has been rejected in Congress with votes from the PSOE and United v Can, while the PP, Vox, Foro Asturias and the Regional Party of Cantabria sought to recover the status of the North’s prey species. is of. Duero.
The PP, which submitted the legislation proposal, has defended that the wolf represents Threat to wider livestockFor which he has asked to return to the path shown by the previous government.
The initiative, presented by PP deputy Milagros Marcos, called for the removal of the wolf from the list of species under the Special Protection Arrangement (LESPRE), in which it has been included since September 20, 2021. The proposal to recover the previous regulatory framework is motivated, Marcos assured, because “There are 14,000 dead cattle in the last year, 40 a day,
“Due to the whims of the government, farmers cry helplessly every day and live a handful from their hearts every day,” Marcos said. With the law “destroy widespread animal husbandry” that “lacks common sense”, After presenting a graph that shows the extreme livestock decline and increase in the wolf population, they asked: “Who needs protection, the wolf, which has increased 20%, or the livestock?”
Popular Deputy has indicated that “they want to generalize the failed model of the south, where wolves cannot be controlled, to the whole of Spain”, and underlined: “There are more wolves in towns, Through the streets even in a swarm of more than 10, Some have entered the houses.”
In this sense, Marcos recalled that last August, in Pontevedra, a family found a wolf “next to their son’s cradle”, while myself, a few weeks ago, saw a pack of wolves Running through the streets of his city, he explained. The deputy of Unidas Podemos, Juan López de Uralde, has responded: “I have brought you scientific information and you contradict me by the fact that I do not know who told you, I do not know what, and you have to find 10 wolves.” Get a slow run.”
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“It’s very difficult to come up with data and facts and refute the slap in the air, whatever you do,” said López de Uralde, who had previously defended, contrary to what Marcos said, “The population of wolves is not increasing in SpainAccording to the available scientific data”.
United v Cane’s deputy considers the wolf population to be “stable” in the peninsula, apart from having “recently become extinct in the regions of Extremadura and Andalusia”. Furthermore, he has defended the current norm before Marcos because “It’s Absolutely Impossible That It Had An Effect In Eight Months what you describe.”
“Suffice it to remember that the three most disadvantaged provinces, Cuenca, Teruel and Soria, do not have a wolf presence,” Uralde pointed out, arguing that the wolf “attracts foreign tourism with great economic benefits.” With regard to livestock, he defended that “science shows that Animals are harmed by wolf hunting“, since the decomposition of a herd may leave “isolated individuals and no other option” but to attack cattle, he maintained.
Foro Asturias and the Regional Party of Cantabria, from two autonomous communities that have positioned themselves against the current rules, have given their support to the PP proposal. PNV, for its part, has been critical of the current law, which It has been “ignoring autonomous communities” and “it has not worked well”.According to Joseba Egirexia, however, he has also attacked the PP’s proposal for “one basic regulation” for the entire region.
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The main environmental organization, which told groups not to support the new law proposal, has celebrated the vote’s outcome and called for a boost to the existing regulatory framework. “It is not solved by killing wolves, Solved by minimizing losses and working on real problems Luis Suárez, conservation coordinator for WWF Spain, said that there is widespread livestock farming, and this is where we see no intention, proposal or innovation.
“The condition is very simple: when losses do occur, they must be paid quickly and fairly, and in this way the farmer does not have to bear those consequences. But, moreover, we need to reduce those losses. should work for, and they are reduced Livestock protection measures, such as stable or electric fencing, the use of mastiffs or the use of support herders and ranchersWhich is also a way to create new jobs in rural areas”, Suarez proposed.
“All these measures can logically be promoted with support, because they have a cost for the farmer, and the losses will be greatly reduced. For that, you have to bet and you have to have adequate planning, and What we see is that, so far, in some communities there is assistance, in others, or partial assistance, there is no disconnect… There is no real plan that will develop strategies and plans with clear objectives To minimize the damage”, he criticized.
“We don’t want the protection of wolves to be at the expense of pastoralists,” Suez insisted. “Conservation of the wolf is as important as having a healthy widespread livestock and maintaining it”. For this he asked, “The important thing is to approve a national strategy and then the autonomous communities implement the relevant regional plansand that these regional plans emphasize prevention and damage reduction strategies”.
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