STOP endorsement of the Bulgarian Hunting Law amendments to allow poisons use in nature!

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STOP endorsement of the Bulgarian Hunting Law amendments to allow poison baits use in nature!

The proposed amendment foresees a change in the Bulgarian Hunting Law Article that will allow employees of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and Forestry Entities (State forestry enterprises and Sate hunting enterprises) to set poison baits in nature to prevent the spread of the African swine fever as well as to use other prohibited non-selective methods of hunting.

The foreseen changes conflict with several International (Bern and Bonn conventions the CMS poisoning resolution and Vulture MsAP (which was adopted by the CMS COP, including Bulgaria), European (Birds and Habitats directives of the EC) and Bulgarian laws (Bulgarian Biodiversity Act, Veterinary Practices Act, Law on the protection against the harmful impact of chemical substances and preparations, as well as the Criminal Code), Regulations and Ordinances. If endorsed this proposal will allow the disposal of poisonous substances in nature. This will certainly affect many endangered wildlife species and will put the conservation of vultures and other raptor and predator species in the Balkan Peninsula under serious threat.

Such primitive management practices have already had a devastating effect of the population of many birds and mammal species in the Balkans from the fifties until eighties of the last century. They resulted in today’s unfavourable status of vultures and raptor species nowadays. Vulture population in the Balkans were widely distributed and abundant across the Balkans. However, due to the use of poisons, their populations were bought to the brink of extinction in less than 30 years! Moreover, 13 years of EU efforts and resources given through the LIFE program are going to fail with this questionable proposal in the legislation!

Sign and share! Let’s get the highest number of signatures possible and take this petition and Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry, Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, and the Executive Forest Agency, and help us protect wildlife and people from the use of poisons – the silent killer in nature!

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The Bulgarian Society for the protection of Birds/ BirdLife Bulgaria and "ForTheNature" Coalition

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