JUSTICE for Arthur the bear

JUSTICE for Arthur the bear

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Alexandra Elec started this petition to Greenpeace and

The largest brown bear in Romania was shot and killed in March of 2021.

Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein, a resident of Riegersburg, a town in the Austrian region of Styria, allegedly used a derogation from the Romanian Ministry of the Environment as a pretext to shoot the bear in Romania. However, the derogation was issued for the elimination of a mother bear that had caused damage last year to some farms in Ojdula, Covasna county, and not the giant bear killed by the prince.

But in reality, the prince did not kill the problem bear, but a male that lived deep in the woods and had never come close to localities. The bear named Arthur has been observed for many years in the area and was known as a wild specimen not accustomed to the man's presence and the food sources he offered. Its habitat was the Natura 2000 protected area.

Gabriel Paun, the president of Agent Green, said that Arthur, the bear shot and killed in March, was 17 years old and was the largest bear observed in Romania and probably the largest living in the European Union.

"The corpse's measurements indicate that Arthur had 593 points out of 600, which is the maximum possible in the trophy hunting industry. I have never heard of such a record score before. I wonder how the prince could confuse a female bear coming to the village with the largest male that existed in the depths of the forest. It is clear that the prince did not come to solve the problem of the locals but to kill the bear and take home the biggest trophy to hang it on the wall. We are dealing with a poaching incident since they shot the wrong bear," Paun said.

I have very few words to describe the immense pain this causes me and since I could not find any other change.org petitions on the matter, I am creating this one in the hopes that we can, together, bring justice to Arthur and Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein is HELD accountable for wildlife endangerment, poaching and murder.

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