Minister Budaj has made the hunters enemies, which is not a good tactic. Hunters are strong lobbies, and not just in parliament. This coalition is quite unlucky. She drew the wrong cards: first a pandemic, then a war in Ukraine, rising energy and food prices, high inflation, and bears have multiplied and are attacking people in the forest. Ján Budaj is fundamental in this matter. Bears are protected, they do not cause serious problems, they belong in the forest, only a few individuals are problematic. And they have to deal with the intervention team, which must find them and euthanize them. And he likes to add that hunters are a bigger problem. Bears are already becoming a political issue, and Smer quickly felt that. Roman Malatinec, vice-president of the Banská Bystrica County for Smer, is the face of protests against overgrown bears. Not only MP Suja (from the Republic), but especially Boris Kollár, who is impressively upset right in front of the cameras, is working against the bears in the parliament. And to mock Budaj’s claim that the bear is a vegetarian. Minister Budaj made a lot of shame and lost enough respect with the statement about bear vegetarianism. Budaj called on the police to protect the public from irresponsible hunters. Share Well, Ján Budaj made another fundamental mistake in this topic. Not even in that it defends bears, which are protected in Slovakia all year round. Let him behave like a Bratislava protector in this matter, in the end he once emerged from this environment. To the guess of every conservationist, the hunter is a natural enemy. And the conservationist usually sees in the hunter only a bloodthirsty predator, whose only desire is to have a valuable trophy on the wall or in front of the fireplace. So kill in the woods as much as possible. Be happy and often attack hunters. He accuses them of feeding the bears, building “baits” and photo traps, and making money from it, and they especially want the bear’s skin or head. Budaj even called on the police to protect the public “from irresponsible hunters from Podpoľany”. For a long time he tried to form the opinion that the problem is not bears, but hunters. Only the brown bear intervention team has to “eliminate” the bears, which examines which individuals are problematic. Hunters are important for the Slovak countryside. Share This is a Bratislava and purely conservation view that outraws people living near forests and bears. Hunters are important for the Slovak countryside. In almost every village, hunters are usually an active party that enriches social life in the countryside. Hunters go to schools to talk about animals, prepare hunting goulash on general days, organize village celebrations for St. Hubert’s Day or hunting balls. It is usually a vibrant community that includes hunting families, and many mayors appreciate having an actionable hunting association in the village. And, of course, there is such a thing as an archetype – a brave man with a weapon can protect the community from a dangerous animal. It is unfair to make all hunters harmful in the Slovak forest. The angry hunters were joined by foresters who claim that the Minister of Tara about the trophy bears caught. The Slovak countryside is also having fun on how the intervention team should systematically look for only bears that show a loss of shyness or a collision with the inhabitants, and euthanize them. Maybe they should look for individuals who are no longer vegetarians. The war declared by the hunters does not bear Budaj’s best fruit. And not only because hunters have a traditionally strong lobby in parliament: not only people from the Mafia mobs are hunting, but György Gyimesi (OĽANO) is also a proud hunter. But Buda’s approach in particular outraws people in the countryside. The minister seems to have understood the need to change tactics. He even announced that the Brown Bear Intervention Team would expand to include eleven hunters. And he sent to Poľana part of the intervention team with fifty hunters. Those bears will probably no longer just examine or euthanize.
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