Fight against poaching
Arci Caccia has always been at the forefront in the fight against poaching. Recent episodes related to the use of poisoned baits that led to death in National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise of some specimens of wolves, griffons and ravens cannot be tolerated and must not go unpunished. The man-wildlife conflict, unfortunately, is an increasingly common topic and it will be necessary to face it by finding strategies that aim to allow coexistence. Nothing, however, can justify similar actions, which in addition to leading to the death of particularly protected species, a treasure that belongs to all the Italian people, represent a source of pollution and a potential mortal danger for people as well.
The message sent
It is with this spirit that the National Councilor Osvaldo Veneziano sent this message to Dr. Luciano Sammarone Director of the Abruzzo Lazio and Molise National Park:
"Dear Director, I express my full and convinced solidarity with you and with the staff of the Park and the Forestry Carabinieri engaged in the protection and defense of species of inestimable value. The serious massacre of wolves and griffins deserves a commitment from the investigators to bring the criminals to justice and punish them severely". This is the answer received from Dr. Sammarone: “Dear Osvaldo, thank you very much, I appreciate your sensitivity, which I knew and never doubted. Unfortunately I think that we really need a qualitative leap in the response as we don't really have adequate tools to concretely combat the use of poisons, against which it is necessary to introduce harsh rules to strike criminals downstream. But we can do this if all citizens feel responsible for the territory, also to avoid harmful consequences downstream of the various criminal acts. For this reason, I re-launched the idea of introducing measures similar to those in force for forest fires, with the prohibition of any activity for a period of 3 years in an area of 2-3 km around that of the discovery of the baits and/or animals that died from poisoning. I don't think anyone will bother to adopt such a standard. But we have to try".
The investigators are at work and our Association, should proceedings be initiated against the perpetrators of this act, will form a civil action, in order to give its contribution to shedding light on this ugly affair (source: Arci Caccia).