AGAINST THE ROMANIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY’S DECISION TO KILL 140 BEARS AND WOLVES IN ROMANIAN FORESTS
It is with great urgency that we request your assistance with overturning a recent garvely alarming governmental decision that will have a severely disastrous effect on the native animal population pertaining to species of URSUS ARCTOS and CANIS LUPUS in certain forest areas of Romania.
In 2017, the Romanian Minister for the Environment, Gratiela Gavrilescu, approved a legal order which allowed for the seizure and relocation of 140 bears and 97 wolves roaming freely and safely in the Romanian forests. At that time, The Romanian Government provided assurance that the seizure – which later turned into mass culling - will be done exceptionally professionally using non-lethal methods.
At present, in 2019, there is undeniable evidence that the Romanian Government’s plan was misleading and disastrous for the native fauna, as the number of animal deaths was significantly higher than that of safely relocated animals. It is of severe concern to learn that, officially, 105 bears and wolves have been killed and, as a consequence, only 27 have been safely relocated so far.
Evidently, in ONLY two (2) years, 116 bears and wolves have been SLAUGHTERED in Romanian forests. There is no official, legal or scientific evidence to support or indicate any safe seizure and relocation of these animals.
The killings of native’s species of bears and wolves in Romania continue! THIS NEEDS TO STOP!
A recently approved governmental decision has just been issued in July 2019. This latest official decision severely violates the current European legislation regarding the cull of animals pertaining to the URSUS ARCTOS and CANIS LUPUS native species. Both species are protected by law under European law 92/43 of the European Council.
Serious consideration should be given to the fact that there is NO OFFICIAL COUNT of the exact number of bears and wolves currently living in the Romanian regions where the culling was approved.
Undeniable, the findings of the investigation must be based on an in-depth, objective and impartial analysis of all relevant elements.
Artin Sarchizian, Attorney at Law
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