French farm­ers, breed­ers de­mand ac­tion against wolves

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

SEVERAC-LE-CHATEAU, France:

Hun­dreds of farm­ers, shep­herds and politi­cians ral­lied in Avey­ron, south­ern France, on Satur­day call­ing for ac­tion to halt the slaugh­ter of live­stock by packs of wolves. The demon­stra­tors gath­ered more than 3,000 sheep, about a hun­dred cat­tle and a few horses in a field to rep­re­sent the num­ber of an­i­mals killed by wolves in France in re­cent months. “They tell us that 80 per­cent of French are in fa­vor of the wolf, but that’s be­cause these peo­ple don’t know the re­al­ity,” said shep­herd Me­lanie Brune.

Brune and other live­stock breed­ers were call­ing for gov­ern­ment ac­tion to tackle the prob­lem. So far this year, wolves have killed 4,153 an­i­mals in France, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment tally. In 2016, the 10,234 an­i­mals were killed, up from 9,112 the pre­vi­ous year. Wolves used to be com­mon in France be­fore dy­ing out in the early 1930s. — AFP

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