EU court upholds conservation law in Finnish wolf hunting case

The Finnish government may have been in breach of EU nature protection rules when it allowed the issuing of licenses to hunt wolves, according to an European Court of Justice ruling on Thursday

The Finnish government may have been in breach of EU nature protection rules when it allowed the issuing of licenses to hunt wolves, according to an European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on Thursday.

The case was brought by the Finnish NGO Association for Nature Conservation (ANC) Tapiola, which sought the annulment of permits granted by the Finnish Environment Agency allowing hunters to kill up to seven wolves.

Finland's Supreme Administrative Court had referred the case to the ECJ, seeking clarification of EU law. It will now be up to the Finnish court to interpret the EU court’s judgment. 

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