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“Russian” elite use choppers to hunt rare wildlife: activists

Posted by Kris Roman on March 10, 2009

snow-leopard-bgIn the 1990s deer and bison were hunted from helicopters using machine guns, said Chestin. The problem continues today, with snow leopards and Siberian tigers hunted from helicopters in such areas as Yakutia.

Russian environmentalists vowed a campaign against top officials who hunt endangered species from helicopters, after a crash in January highlighted the practice.

 

The Russian chapter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said it had lodged a complaint with prosecutors over the investigation into a January 9 helicopter crash in the mountainous Altai region, alleging irregularities in the probe.

Seven people were killed in the crash that took place during what environmentalists say was a trip to hunt the region’s endangered Argali mountain sheep.

Among the dead was President Dmitry Medvedev’s representative in the Duma lower house of parliament, Alexander Kosopkin.

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Putin condemns hunting of baby seals

Posted by Kris Roman on March 2, 2009

harp-seal-bgRussian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin showed a soft spot in his tough-guy image by condemning the hunting of baby whitecoat seals, Russian newspapers reported on Friday.

“This is a bloody business and it clearly should have been banned long ago,” Putin said during a meeting with his cabinet, quoted by official government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

The comments came after Russia’s natural resources minister told Putin that under new rules, hunters in the far north were banned from killing the youngest kind of seals, known as whitecoats for the colour of their fur.

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Baby seal hunting banned in Northern Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on February 26, 2009

 

The government has banned the hunting of baby seals in the regions surrounding the White Sea. Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called seal hunting a “bloody industry”.

“It is clear that it should have been banned a long time ago,” said Putin at a meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources.

Putin acknowledged the importance of the hunting industry in the region and said that he would require the government to compensate incomes of the White Sea people in connection with the ban on hunting.

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