Court allows disposal of 222 bears

Ljubljana – Environmental groups have lost a legal battle over the environment ministry’s decision to allow the culling of 222 brown bears in Slovenia this year by the end of September. The Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning said the ruling showed that the disposal was legally correct and professional.

In a decision handed down on June 16, the Administrative Court ruled that the action by Alpe Adria Green was unjustified. The judgment cannot be appealed.

A decision by the ministry in February allowing the culling of 222 brown bears by September 30 was suspended by a court in March pending a decision on Alpe Adria Green’s appeal.

The ministry said Friday that 139 brown bears had been “removed from their natural environment” by Aug. 10. The injunction against disposition became void when the court’s decision became final on June 20.

Alpe Adria Green states that all such disposal permits are illegal and that under Slovenian and international law only bears that have been proven to have attacked humans or endangered persons or property should be disposed of. claimed to be allowed.

The court made its decision on the basis of hearings of two professors from the Faculty of Biotechnology of Ljubljana who were involved in the expert opinions that were part of the grounds for permitting the disposition.

The culling of 222 bears will reduce the country’s brown bear population from an estimated 1,000 to about 800.

The court ruled that the planned culling would not “prejudice the maintenance of good conservation of the bear population in Slovenia.”

It rejected the argument that benefits in protecting human health could be achieved by individual disposals, stating that the planned disposals were justified because of the increased number of human-bear conflicts as a result of bear population densities. rice field.

Alpe Adria Green and animal rights group AniMa disagreed with this view, pointing out that the court did not consider data on advertising for hunting tourism and bear meat.

NGOs have also raised concerns about supplemental feeding of bears. They believe this is why bears are so attracted to human settlements that the bear population is growing rapidly. Court allows disposal of 222 bears

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