NGO reaction to Commission’s communication on wolves in Europe

Published: 11 September 2023
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This joint letter, addressed to Ursula von der Leyen and endorsed by eight European NGOs, directly challenges a recent press release by the European Commission that suggests that wolves pose a significant danger to humans and livestock.

The truth is that wolves do not pose a risk to people and are a crucial component of healthy ecosystems in the EU. The EU offers significant support to prevent economic damage caused by wolves, as well as tools to mitigate any costs borne as a result of them.

As head of the European Commission, President von der Leyen has a duty to not parrot flawed claims made by right-wing factions of the European Parliament targeting the wolf – a new victim in this culture war on nature. Instead, she must listen to the science, acknowledge the facts and protect this integral part of Europe’s cultural heritage.

NGO reaction to Commission’s communication on wolves in Europe
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