The Bill: Swedish Government presents predator Bill to the ‘Riksdag’

Press Release
13 September 2013
Ministry of the Environment Sweden

The Government today decided to present the Government Bill A sustainable predator policy (Govt Bill 2012/13:191) to the Riksdag.

Last week Raptor Politics published details of a petition calling for an end to proposals by the Swedish Government, (Riksdag) to introduce legislation aimed at controlling a number of the countries apex predators. Species such as Lynx, Wolf, Golden Eagle, Bear and Wolverine. We now enclose below details of Bill issued in the Press Release 13 September 2013 . You can read the original story we published here which contains a link to the petition.

“Today’s decision is another step in driving predator policy forward and making it long-term. The Government is now signalling that the overarching long-term objective of predator policy is for wolves, bears, wolverines, lynx and golden eagles in Sweden to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status, without hampering domestic animal husbandry, and taking account of socio-economic considerations. It is my hope that the Bill will lay the foundations for greater consensus on the issue of predators and their management,” says Minister for the Environment Lena Ek.

The Bill proposes reference values for population sizes and range areas for large predators, and tolerance levels for damage to reindeer caused by large predators. In addition, the Government also presents its assessment of predator management, further delegation of protective and licensed hunting, assignments to analyse how predator attacks affect the overall economy of rural businesses, the concept of minimum levels, management plans, a management tool for damage in reindeer husbandry and international cooperation.

“In modern times, Sweden has never had such large predator populations as today and we have been successful in protecting our predators. In the Bill, we lay out a policy that allows for the proper management of large predators, striking a good balance between the objective of favourable conservation status and showing consideration to the people who live and work in areas with high predator populations,” says Ms Ek.

Contact

Erik Bratthall
Press Secretary
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+46 72 743 31 57
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Magnus Bergström
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