Sri Lanka: Elephants die en masse from ingesting plastic



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Sri Lanka: Elephants die en masse from ingesting plastic

As reported by our colleagues at Grennme.it, in the Pallakkadu landfill, in Sri Lanka, waste from 9 villages in the country converge. An event occurred in this landfill in 2014 that set in motion a series of problems that are leading to a slaughter of elephants.

In fact, in 2014, the area protected by an electric fence, was struck by lightning and has not been repaired since: the elephants entered the landfill, eating everything they could, including large quantities of plastic, which now is decimating.

In the past 8 years, around twenty elephants have died after eating plastic, putting the survival of this species in the country at risk. Nihal Pushpakumara, a wildlife veterinarian, said: "We found only polyethylene, food wrappers, plastic other non-digestible materials and water.

No trace of the food that elephants normally eat and digest."

Scandinavia: wolves will be shot dead

As reported by Italian website Greenme.it, a massacre of wolves is being prepared in Scandinavia. Wolves who would be shot dead.

In Norway, Sweden and Finland, the authorities have given the green light to wolf hunting. In Finland, 20 wolves may be killed. Hunting had not been authorized in the country for 7 years. Now the situation has changed as the wolf population in Finland has reached an all-time high of the last 100 years.

Sweden authorized the killing of 27 individuals, many of which were killed. In Norway, 51 specimens can be shot, keeping a maximum of three breeding pairs.
Sweden and Norway have already authorized the killing of these extraordinary animals to control their population.

And Finland has also joined these countries. There are about 100 in total the specimens that can be hunted throughout the Scandinavian territory. Siri Martinsen, chief executive of Noah, an animal welfare organization, said: "It's a horrible situation.

The management of wolves in Norway is out of control and they're just shooting wolves because some people don't like them. It's outrageous to keep a species at a level of critical danger. " Fiona Matthews, founder of Mammal Conservation Europe, added: "It seems absurd that countries are doing blatantly illegal things under the EU Habitats Directive.

We expect these states to be able to live with their predators, especially. given their low population density. The culling plan should be guided by the interests of hunters and support the thesis that wolves are a danger to hunting dogs.

" Magnus Orrebrant, president of the NGO Svenska Rovdjursföreningen, also added: "Sweden has promised the EU not to reduce the wolf population below 300 individuals, this is the bare minimum. We have informed the European Union that 300 is.

too low. We have a habitat that could house more than 1,000 wolves. " Raija-Leena Ojanen, WWF legal advisor: "It is rare for us to resort to such means and denounce the regulation to the EU Commission. But when the ministry once again challenges EU legislation and jurisprudence with its decree, it is necessary for us to get a European interpretation of the situation. "