Ministry of Environment suspends the order to kill 1,691 bears, wolves and wild cats

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The Ministry of Environment has suspended the issuance of the Order of the Minister proposing the shooting of 1,691 strictly protected wild animals: bears, wolves and wild cats.

World Wide Fund Romania has announced that a representative will participate to the working group on the carnivores, which is to meet on Tuesday with the Ministry of Environment, to discuss alternatives. However, the NGO said that the order should be amended by the minister and not suspended, reports.

The interval for public consultation on the project ended on September 30 whereas Environment Minister Cristiana Pasca Palmer has said that “while this order is given since 2007, no Environment Minister assumed the transparent launch of the public consultation, as I believe it is natural. We did it because it is a sensitive issue, with many pros and cons.”

“The hundreds of messages we have received on various channels, have confirmed that we made the right choice and I am glad to see that biodiversity protection is triggering so much interest among Romanians,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

The Environment Minister said that the order of minister lacks ‘some essential elements’, primarily the opinion of the Romanian Academy, the country’s supreme scientific forum which by law has the final say.

Cristiana Pasca Palmer also pleaded for finding a balanced solution, so as to ensure the conservation of species protected by law, but also the safety of people in vulnerable areas.

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