THURSDAY, 15 de november

The coalition of the six largest associations of Portuguese environmental advocates today called on the Government to immediately halt the hunting of dove and recalled that the reduction of the species in the last 14 has reached 80%.
In a statement, associations such as GEOTA, the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN), the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), Quercus, the Fund for the Protection of Wild Animals (FAPAS) and the ANP / WWF (Associação Natureza Portugal / World Wild Fund) argue that the ban should be in force "until the sustainable limit of slaughter is defined and that this limit can be correctly implemented in our country."

They point out that the population of doves has "declined sharply throughout Europe in the last decades", mainly due to agricultural intensification (hedge cutting, destruction of agricultural mosaics and the indiscriminate use of phytopharmaceuticals) and excessive hunting in countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

"The situation of the Dove is so serious that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified it as a species Vulnerable to extinction in 2015," they remember.

Fonte: SicNoticias