04.02.2022 – 14:27
Wild animal protection Germany eV
Open letter (February 2, 2022): Application for the reopening of the procedure and for the repeal of the general animal disease decrees of the Uckermark district
Dear Minister! In the run-up to the committee meeting on February 7th, we would like to inform you that the recognized nature conservation association Freier Wald eV in cooperation with the German Legal Society for Animal Welfare Law eV and Wild Animal Protection Germany eV on February 2nd Application for the reopening of the proceedings and for the repeal of the general animal disease decrees of the Uckermark district of November 12th, 2020, August 27th, 2021 and September 20th, 2021, or the auxiliary application for suspension of execution. We are enclosing the application with this letter.
As reported in the media nationwide, the fences ordered to protect against African swine fever (ASF) prevent a number of strictly protected animals from escaping from the polders of the national park during floods. They drown or die of hypothermia or exhaustion. Numerous dead deer, a deer calf, a kestrel, a gray heron and two whooper swans were mostly discovered by passers-by. Especially in the case of a first small flood at the beginning of the year, many more wild animals are likely to have drowned.
In addition, the erection of the ASF protective fences makes it difficult or even impossible for many animal species in the national park to migrate to their winter habitats and thus to their food sources. Experience has shown that the next flood may come as early as February, but by March at the latest. The previous measures to save the animals are completely inadequate. So far, no consideration has been given at all to the fact that the fences will significantly reduce the quality of habitats, even for strictly protected species.
Animal and nature conservation organizations also assume that a significant contribution of the protective fences is no longer guaranteed after numerous cases of ASF outside the national park and due to a possible transmission of the virus through the carcasses of drowned wild boar. In any case, the benefit of the protective fences, which were probably erected illegally from a disease protection perspective, in some cases only as a preventive measure, is disproportionate to the immense damage they cause to the animal species living there and the life and health of individuals in this internationally protected Natura 2000 area of specially protected animals.
Your ministry is at least jointly responsible for the fact that no FFH impact assessment, not even a preliminary assessment was carried out in connection with the erection of fences in the Natura 2000 area of the Lower Oder National Park. Wild animal protection Germany has a due to the violation of German and international law Complaint to the European Commission submitted.
Wild animal protection Germany and the other organizations involved are determined to take legal action until a solution that is acceptable in terms of animal and nature conservation law is created for the Brandenburg floodplain landscape in Brandenburg, which is unique in Germany.
Yours sincerely, Lovis Kauertz (Chairman), Wild animal protection Germany eV
Addendum February 4, 2022: As of today, the Brandenburg nature conservation society Waldkleeblatt – Naturally Zauche eV, together with the DJGT (German Legal Society for Animal Welfare Law eV) and Wild Animal Protection Germany eV, have applied for a retrial at the Uckermark district.
Application to resume the procedure and repeal of the animal disease general decrees of November 12th, 2020, August 27th, 2021 and September 20th, 2021, auxiliary application for suspension of enforcement (linked in article)
About Wild Animal Protection Germany eV: Wild Animal Protection Germany was founded in 2011 and since then has been campaigning against cruelty to animals in hunting and for a reduction of huntable species to animal species for which there is a reasonable reason to hunt in the sense of the Animal Welfare Act. The association is also committed to taking in, caring for and releasing wild animals in need.
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Member of the German Legal Society for Animal Welfare Law (DJGT)
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