Protected Wolf Status Upheld by Swiss Parliament

The Senate. (Switzerland) Courtesy of Swissinfo.ch

The motion from Senator René Imoberdorf of the centrist Christian Democrats failed by 26 to 17 votes, meaning it will not continue to the House of Representatives, and wolves will continue to be a protected species in Switzerland. Imoberdorf hails from canton Valais, which has had ongoing issues with wolves threatening livestock herds.

If the motion had passed in both houses of parliament, wolves would have lost their protected status and Switzerland would have had to withdraw as a signatory to the Bern Convention on animal protection.

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