Polish official: We have too many protected species

Published on Thursday, 5 July 2018 20:26
Written by The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s environment minister has angered environmentalists after saying he favors reducing the number of protected species including elk and bison because some of the animals damage crops - but he added it isn’t easy in an age of “excessive sensitivity to animal protection.”

Henryk Kowalczyk told residents in the northern town of Mlawa that his ministry had suggested to regional environmental authorities that they might grant more permits to hunt elk, bison and beavers. These are all protected species under European law and the hunting of them is strictly controlled.

“We live in times of excessive sensitivity to animal protection, to put it mildly,” Kowalczyk said Sunday.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Thursday, 5 July 2018 20:26. Updated: Thursday, 5 July 2018 20:28.