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POLAND: MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
SIGNED ALLOWANCE TO SHOOT 4 WOLVES
31.XII.2005
[CURRENT]

On 8th of December 2005 the Secretary of Ministry of Environment Jan Szyszko allowed to shoot 4 wolves in Czarna, Lutowiska and Ustrzyki Dolne Communes (game districts 55 and 57). This decision was an answer for an application placed by cattle-breeders form Rabe village. This decision came into a force on 22nd of December 2005 and is valid until 28th of February inclusive. This approval is restricted by several conditions, but still, it is an approval for shooting in spite that wolves are under absolute protection of law in Poland.

It is worth mentioning that before giving a permission by Ministry local media informed about professed attack of pack of wolves on a teenager in the end on November. As it was shown later, the information was false. According to "Gazeta Wyborcza" (polish newspeper) from 12th of December 2005 "It turned out that a teenager was walking home in the evening and was scared by something. So he stopped his cousin driving a car and after some time they saw wolves in a car lights" (full text of this article you can find in Gazeta Wyborcza's archive on-line, in polish). So, it is obvious that the threat was made to seem more dangerous to justify shooting.

We ask you to send protest letters to Ministry of Environment against shooting wolves (they can be very short, but of course longer letters can be more effective) to the addresses given below:
Sekretariat.Ministra@mos.gov.pl , Polish Parlament: Jan.Szyszko@sejm.pl.
You can write in English as well.

The applications for the approval to shoot wolves are often justified by information, that wolves attack and kill farm animals. So ask in your letters if the Ministry instead of approval for killing wolves could educate breeders how to protect their animals against such attacks. You can also ask if The State Council for Nature Conservation passed judgment on this approval (some years ago a lack of such opinion stopped shooting wolves).

You can also wrote and send paper letters to the Minister:
Jan Szyszko
Ministerstwo ¦rodowiska
ul. Wawelska 52/54
00-922 Warszawa

Order rule:
1. You should sign the letter with your name - politicians don't take anonymous letters seriously,
2. Letters should be polite!




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9th.XI.2004 - THE WOLFISH ACTION DAY
4.XI.2004
[OUT-OF-DATE]

According to news from Slovakia (see below) we suggest to organize on 9th november 2004 the international day of pro-wolf actions - The Wolfish Action Day. If you are in touch with any wildlife defenders organization, try to organize a piquet near Slovak Embassy or Consulate in your country/city. If it is impossible to do it, sent a fax/letter to the Slovak Embassy/Consulate and demand to stop shooting.


We also ask you to send appropriate protest letters (addresses below). If you know for sure that there is organized a piquet in your country/city, send information about it to n13@blebla.indyw.most.org.pl (delete "blebla." from mail address) with a subject "ULV - action". Inform us where this demonstration is going to be and what organizations are making this piquet.

UPDATE: How do to help yet?
More informations

SLOVAK WOLVES ENDANGERED
21.X.2004
[OUT-OF-DATE]

Slovakian Ministry of Environment signed allowance to shoot to least 63 bears. Those bears have not done any damage and have not wounded any humans. Last year allowance was signed for 71 animals (and the limit has not been fulfilled). Additionally 3-10 bears a year are killed for doing damages (and we do not complain about this now). Last year hunters shoot at least _112 wolves_ and that is equivalent to the number of wolves born a year. Probably similar number of wolves will be shot this year.


Both wolf (Canis lupus L.) and bear (Ursus arctos L.) are protected under Bernen Convention and European directive 92/43/EEC.


Since wolves an bears live near Slovak borders killing animals in Slovakia will have impact on the other countries (including Poland).


Your help is needed to stop the slaughter.


What you have to do:

Order rule: You should sign the letter with your name - politicians don't take anonymous letters seriously,

UPDATE: HOW DO TO HELP YET?
MORE INformATIONS
1.XI.2004
[OUT-OF-DATE]

Slovakian Ministry of Environment signed allowance to shoot to least 63 bears. Those bears have not done any damage and have not wounded any humans. Last year allowance was signed for 71 animals (and the limit has not been fulfilled). Additionally 3-10 bears a year are killed for doing damages (and we do not complain about this now). Last year hunters shoot at least 112 wolves and that is equivalent to the number of wolves born a year. Probably similar number of wolves will be shot this year.


As the things will follow in this direction, those carnivores will come to extinction in this region. They need our help! We cannot forbid hunters to shot animals, when they got permission from Slovakian Ministry of Environment to do it, but we can put a pressure on the Ministry to cancel this approval!


Tourism is the main source of income for Slovakian economy. Many people from Poland, Czech Republic and Germany spend their holidays in Slovakian Mountains and leave their money there. When people would boycott this region in aim to express their disagree for massacre of wolves and bears, Slovaks would loose their income. And they may put pressure on their government to cancel this permission given to kill bears and wolves by hunters to restore tourist activity in their region.


We call to start a boycott of Slovakian tourist industry. Let's spend holidays in other - also interesting places! Maybe the Slovakian government would understands economical points, when ecological and humane are too difficult for it.


There is another way, more for non-government organisations (NGOs) then for an ordinary people. Slovakian economy takes a big income from selling wood from Slovakian forest to other countries. NGOs should start campaign to urge enterprises that cooperate with Slovakian producers of wood to change their providers.


The problem of bears is more complicated in this case. Those animals are under protection in Poland. But animals don't follow human rules and prohibitions and cross the borders. In Poland they are safe, but they can be easily killed in Slovakia. The wildlife is our - human - common treasure. It can't be that several meters of space can change animal sanctuary into battlefield! Law of Poland and Slovakia - both are members of European Union - should be harmonised in this case.


In democratic countries nation can influence on government to change the law. So we can put a pressure on Slovaks to force them to say a word in defence of their wildlife!


Lets' start a boycott! Do not spend our holidays in Slovakian Tatra Mountains! Save wolves and bears from slaughter!

POLISH WOLVES: BIALOWIEZA
15.I.2004
[OUT-OF-DATE]

Polish Minister of Environment, Czesław ¦leziak, has given a permission to shot three wolves in Bialowieski Forrest. Although the number of wolves that are to be shoot is small, there is a danger that this decision may activate hunting lobby to put pressure on government. Wolves in Poland are under annual protection.


Please, we would like to ask you to send protest letters to Polish politicians and government officials (addresses given below). You can write in English as well.

Order rules

1. You should sign the letter with your name - politicians don't take anonymous letters seriously,

2. Letters should be polite.

Adresses:

Czeslaw Sleziak (minister): Minister@mos.gov.pl
Ewa Symonides: Glowny.Konserwator.Przyrody@mos.gov.pl
minister's office: Biuro.Ministra@mos.gov.pl