Romanian premier of encouraging slaughter of bears, wolves: Bardot
Former French film star and now ardent animal rights activist
Brigitte Bardot accused Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase of
encouraging the massacre of bears and wolves in his country.
In an open letter to Nastase, she said that Bucharest was hosting
"an international conference on the hunt of wolves and bears."
"You are making yourself the defender of (a ...) massacre
which gives your country a backward and bloody image," she said of the
"Romania has the good luck to have a magnificent environment,
a rich range of wildlife. Why do you then rush to destroy this heritage
while it is essential to preserve it," Bardot said.
While wolves face extinction in most European countries, they are
thriving in Romania, according to official figures.
But the ecological association AVES said these figures
were too high and that the bear population in Romania had dropped by 60 percent
over the past three years.