By Sarah Keane • 06 December 2020 • 9:58
HUNTING for sport of commercial gain is banned in Spain’s national parks as new law is introduced
As of Saturday, December 5, sport and commercial hunting is no longer allowed in the country’s national parks. This was the date that was set as the end of the six-year moratorium to adapt to the National Parks Law 30/2014 , which established that hunting activity is incompatible with these spaces of maximum protection.
The decision is controversial, with environmentalists applauding the decision to protect wildlife while hunters insist it will result in job losses and an overpopulation of many species. However, officials report that permits can still be granted in those areas where hunting is deemed necessary for population control.
“In most parks they will be careful before approving any hunting activity, but others will continue to force the situation so that hunters continue to shoot in these spaces”, comments Miguel Ángel Hernández, from Ecologistas en Acción, who criticizes “the irregularities and confusion ”around this law..
The Artemisán Foundation, made up of different organizations from the hunting field, insist the prohibition will cause “environmental damage” to the biodiversity of the national parks.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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