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8 February 2010
by Fiona Hall (ALDE)
to the Commission

 Subject: Killing of hibernating bears in Russia
 Answer in writing 

During the winter months in Russia, many hunters use dogs to dig and rouse bears from hibernation in their den and then kill them, as there is a demand for bear meat and skin. After an adult bear has been killed its cubs are abandoned to die. Cubs are also taken from the den and sold to zoos, circuses and even as pets. Brown bears are already extinct in some parts of Russia and Eastern and Western Europe and the hunting of bears in hibernation threatens the species.

Is the Commission aware of the problem of brown bear hunting in Russia? Has it raised this issue with the Russian authorities during discussions? Is the Commission aware of any action being taken by the Russian authorities to stop the hunting and protect the brown bear population?

 OJ C 138 E, 07/05/2011
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