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Multilateral discussions on changes to the hunting law in the Ministry of Environment

Changes in the Hunting Law were the subject of a consultation meeting held at the Ministry of Environment on the 19th of January 2018. The discussion was attended by the Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk, Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Rafał Romanowski, as well as representatives of ecological organisations, farmers, foresters and hunters.

The Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk emphasised that his ministry is going to be open to opinions and arguments presented by representatives of various circles. 

“There are many different and often conflicting interests in matters regarding the hunting law. That is why I decided to invite ecologists, farmers and foresters to this discussion so that we can exchange arguments,” he said.

The head of the Ministry of Environment also pointed out that there are many citizens' amendments to the hunting law worth considering. 

“I want to see as many experts from different fields as possible working on the Hunting Law Act,” he added.

In Henryk Kowalczyk’s opinion, amendments to the adopted Hunting Law Act are necessary.

“Above all, we must keep the safety of people in mind. During hunts, it is necessary to maintain appropriate distance from residential buildings. Among other things, the provisions on imposing penalties should also be modified,” he said.

The Minister of Environment also reminded that the population of wild boars is growing excessively due to the character of agricultural crops.

“The growing feral pig population currently poses a great danger, especially for farm pigs, due to the spread of African swine fever virus, which is why hunters need to intervene to reduce it,” he added.

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