Junta authorises deer hunts in nature reserve

LAST UPDATED: 31 Oct, 2012 @ 09:00
Junta authorises deer hunts in nature reserve

By Eloise Horsfield

ECOLOGISTS are outraged after the Junta de Andalucia allowed four deer hunts to take place in the most protected area of a nature reserve.

The shootings, in the Cazorla natural park in Jaen, raised €8,000 which will be used to pay for fodder for other animals in the reserve.

“These are difficult times and we have to seek ways of making money in order to us to pay for necessities,” said Purificacion Galvez, representative for the Junta in Jaen.

This year the food bill is significantly higher because of severe droughts throughout the summer.

Local residents and businesses have claimed allowing a hunt is damaging to Cazorla’s image, while the PP has said it intends to raise the issue with the Andalucian Parliament.

Ecologistas en Accion’s Javier Broncano added: “We just cannot understand why these deer were killed at point blank range in a place where they are defenceless, have no way of escaping and are completely used to human presence.”

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  1. Walking up to a creature that is tame to humans and then shooting it at point blank range is not “hunting” by any definition. Disgraceful, but the norm for a country that is obsessed with killing creatures with guns.

    If Andalucia had completed its water desalination projects properly then the water situation would not be as bad as it is currently, but no, the money (EU funding) was never used properly blah blah Spain yawn…