By Jennifer Leighfield • 04 March 2021 • 14:20
Wolves will be a protected species throughout Spain
NINE regions have joined forces to prevent the wolf from being a protected species throughout Spain.
Castilla y Leon, Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia, Aragon, Andalucia, Madrid, Murcia, the Basque Country and the autonomous city of Ceuta, together with agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA have promoted a common project to demand that the Government withdraw the approval procedure of the order that intends to include wolves on the List of Wild Species under the Special Protection Regime (LESPRE).
In an open letter to all citizens they defend managing the Iberian wolf from the point of view of respect for the rural world, social consensus and coexistence with livestock.
They ask that, once the process for changing the legal status of the wolf is suspended, a process of dialogue and consensus be opened by the Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, in which all parties are involved, with the aim of negotiating a global management plan for the Iberian wolf that guarantees its preservation as well as the future of extensive livestock farming.
The Minister for the Environment, Juan Carlos Suarez-Quiñones, defends the unity between communities and agrarian organizations in the face of a measure “so important, of such transcendence”, that in his opinion it cannot be achieved by imposition, but dialogue.
He says that the change was carried out without consensus between regions or the agreement of the livestock sector.
He added that in areas such as Castilla y Leon, wolves are already protected, with the population rising in the past decades, making it complicated for farms to maintain their livestock.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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