Angry farmers protest wolf attacks in French Alps

22nd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

CHAMBERY, France, Sept 22 (AFP) - Some 500 farmers from across the French Alps - along with 20 cows and 450 sheep - demonstrated Wednesday in the town of Chambery against wolf attacks which they say are devastating their flocks.

CHAMBERY, France, Sept 22 (AFP) - Some 500 farmers from across the French Alps - along with 20 cows and 450 sheep - demonstrated Wednesday in the town of Chambery against wolf attacks which they say are devastating their flocks.  

The protesters snaked through the streets of central Chambery, which were shut to traffic in honor of the Europe-wide car-free day, and temporarily blocked access to police headquarters.  

Marching behind a banner that read "No to wolves in farming areas", the demonstrators dumped hay in front of the local chamber of agriculture and brought their cows to graze in the middle of town.  

Other banners read "Equality - one sheep killed, one wolf killed" and "Save rural life".  

In July, France authorized its first wolf cull since the 1930s in order to reduce a colony of some 50 animals which sheep farmers say are wreaking havoc in the southern Alps.  

Environment Minister Serge Lepeltier said that up to four wolves can be shot by the end of the year if attacks on sheep flocks continue.  

An animal rights group temporarily blocked the cull through the French courts, but the way was cleared for the operation to begin in August. No wolves have yet been killed.

© AFP

 

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