Harvesting of rare animals included in the Red Book of the Russian Federation is allowed in exceptional cases, in particular for monitoring and regulating their number, protecting public health or eliminating the threat to human life. This emerges from the amendments to the federal laws “On wildlife” and “On hunting and conservation of hunting resources and amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”, which entered into force on Sunday 1 August.
The extraction of rare animals is now allowed in Russia both to protect agricultural and other pets from mass diseases and to ensure the traditional way of life of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation, the document further states. The mining license will be issued by Rospotrebnadzor.
At the same time, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation explained that hunting is not included in the list of exceptional cases in which animals are allowed to be exported from the Red Book. “The ban on the economic use, including hunting, of animals included in the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation and in the Red Books of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation remains,” the TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying.
Resounding cases of animal slaughter in the Russian Federation
In June 2021, the publication of a photo on the Internet in which a poacher wrote the inscription “Chukotka 2021” with the carcasses of 150 wild birds caused a great stir in Russia. After the Chukotka Autonomous Region’s Department of Natural Resources and Ecology instructed the local wildlife conservation department to launch an administrative inquiry, Novaya Gazeta was able to find out that the hunter pictured is Alexander Kramarenko, a member of the Magadan Duma. For his part, the politician said it was photoshop.
In April 2021, Kurgan MP Dennis Khahalov was expelled from the United Russia party, which was involved in a hunt in which a live wolf was hit by a snowmobile. Khakhalov himself, against whom a criminal case was opened in connection with the incident, claimed that he had run out of ammunition and the wolf tried to attack him.
In September 2020, the deputy of the Regional Legislative Assembly of the United Russia Vyacheslav Yagdarov was fined 240,000 rubles for killing two dogs with a shotgun. On December 17, 2020, the deputies of the regional Legislative Assembly decided to prematurely deprive Yagdarov of his mandate.