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Hunters in the state of emergency? The minister writes to the prime minister, the ministry issues a communiqué

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The minister of environment and climate asked the prime minister and the minister of the interior to introduce changes to the regulations that will enable members of the Polish Hunting Association to carry out tasks in the area covered by the state of emergency, the deputy head of this ministry informed in response to an interpellation by MP Hanna Gill-Piątek (Poland 2050). However, on Sunday the ministry issued a communiqué in this matter, in which we read that “any changes in this respect are not and will not be carried out”.

On Saturday, Hanna Gill-Piątek, MP of Poland 2050, informed that the Ministry of Climate and Environment responded to her question regarding the entry of hunters to the state of emergency in the border zone.

On behalf of the head of the ministry, its deputy minister Edward Siarka replied. He explained that according to the regulations in force, members of the PZŁ “are deprived of the possibility of estimating hunting damage caused by game and conducting treatments aimed at preventing such damage”. According to the deputy head of the ministry, it is supposed to “make it difficult for farmers to obtain compensation”.

In addition, Siarka pointed out, “it is not possible to perform tasks aimed at counteracting the spread of African Swine Fever by members of the PZŁ by searching for fallen wild boar and carrying out planned and sanitary shootings in order to reduce the size of their population”.

As Siarka informed in a reply sent to the deputy, in early October “the minister of climate and environment asked the prime minister and the minister of interior and administration to introduce legislative changes” in the regulations concerning the state of emergency.

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These changes would “enable members of the Polish Hunting Association to fully implement their statutory tasks in the area covered by the state of emergency”.

Polish-Belarusian border (Kopczany, 23/08/2021)Artur Reszko / PAP

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Ministry: Any changes in this respect are not and will not be made

On Sunday, the Ministry of Environment published a communiqué in which it reiterated that members of the Polish Hunting Association are deprived of the possibility of estimating hunting damage caused by game and “consequently farmers are prevented from obtaining compensation due for the damage caused”.

“The activities of the Ministry of Climate and Environment to date were aimed – solely and exclusively – at analyzing the possibility of introducing changes in the above scope” – we read.

He assures that “contrary to false media reports, any implementation of activities with the use of weapons by PZŁ members in the areas covered by the state of emergency was not taken into account”. “Any speculation in this regard only leads to misleading the public opinion and is completely unjustified” – he added.

The ministry wrote that the state of emergency in the border region is a situation of greater necessity, hence the presence and implementation of activities by hunters in these areas could be dangerous. “Therefore, any changes in this respect are not and will not be carried out” – emphasized in the press release.

The state of emergency at the border with Belarus

Since September 2, due to the migration pressure in the border zone with Belarus – in 183 towns of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships – a state of emergency has been in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. In early October, the state of emergency was extended for another 60 days.

Main photo source: Artur Reszko / PAP



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