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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2018
E-005779-18
Question for written answer E-005779-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Mass slaughter of wild animals as a means of population control
 Answer in writing 

In Galicia alone it is estimated that more than 164 000 foxes and wild boar have been slaughtered in hunts over a seven-year period (many of them in areas protected under the Natura 2000 scheme). Despite not being backed by scientific research, these hunts are considered legal and invitations are even issued for organised ‘tournaments’ in which hunters compete to kill as many animals as possible, as if they were taking part in some sort of sports competition(1).

Although there is no scientific proof whatsoever that wild animals need to be slaughtered in order to controls their populations or drive them away from populated areas and major roads, authorisation for such slaughter is commonplace.

In the light of Directive 92/43/EEC, which lays down measures to protect those animals, and its Annex II, which lists species whose conservation requires the designation of special areas:
1. Does the Commission have any plans to look into a means of controlling wild animals without killing them?
2. What is the Commission’s view on hunting in the form of competitions and/or tournaments?
3. Does the Commission believe that the slaughter of wild animals as a ‘sports discipline’ is compatible with their ecological requirements and the obligation to protect them laid down in Directive 92/43/EEC conservation of the species laid down in the said directive?

(1)https://www.elcorreogallego.es/tendencias/ecg/colectivos-animalistas-denuncian-164-000-zorros-jabalies-fueron-tiroteados-galicia/idEdicion-2018-10-21/idNoticia-1143731/

Original language of question: ES 
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