Sweden’s wolf committee winds up after lack of interest

A lack of interest from Swedish organizations has led to the end of the country's wolf committee. (iStock)
A lack of interest from Swedish organizations has led to the end of the country’s wolf committee. (iStock)
The Swedish government has wound up the so-called ‘wolf committee’ after a lack of interest from the organisations which had been asked to work with it.

The committee was established earlier this year to develop a sustainable wolf hunting policy.

One of the organisations that turned down the offer to join the committee was Sweden’s National Hunting Association.

Committee ‘unnecessary’: hunting association

Speaking to Swedish Radio News, association chairman Solveig Larsson described the committee as entirely unnecessary, and went on to say that the issue of wolf hunting was already well reviewed. She added that parliament had already decided how hunting is to be conducted in Sweden.

The Green party’s Gunvor Ericson, state secretary to Sweden’s environment minister and deputy prime minister Åsa Romson, rejected the notion that the committee was unnecessary.

“A proposal to establish the committee on a permanent basis was previously welcomed by all parties,” Ericson, adding that she looked forward to continued productive dialogue with interested groups in other ways.

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