Together, let's ensure that Hungary's protected species are afforded the robust legal protection they deserve.
Despite changes in Hungary's animal protection laws, the rampant issue of bird-poisoning and the killing of wild, rare, and endangered animals like wolves persists. However, one glaring obstacle remains unchanged since 2001: the fines for violating these natural protection values have not been adjusted to account for inflation over the last quarter-century. Consequently, these outdated penalties lack the deterrent effect needed to curb such destructive behavior.
To highlight the severity of this issue, consider the stark contrast in punishment fees between Hungary and neighboring Slovakia. While the penalty for killing a saker falcon (Falco cherrug) in Slovakia stands at 50,000 euros (approximately 19,135,000 HUF), just a few kilometers across the border in Hungary, the fine amounts to a mere 1,000,000 HUF (roughly 2,582 euros). Astonishingly, this falcon species commands the highest value in Hungary's punishment fee system, leaving all other endangered species vulnerable to exploitation with significantly lower financial risks.
We urgently appeal to concerned citizens and wildlife advocates to join us in pressuring the Hungarian government to update these archaic punishment fees. By raising the stakes for those who engage in the malevolent act of wild animal killing, we can deter such destructive behavior and safeguard our precious biodiversity.
Join our campaign to advocate for the necessary changes and build alliances to protect our wildlife. Contact us directly to stay informed about the campaign's progress and collaborate in our efforts to make a meaningful difference. Together, let's ensure that Hungary's protected species are afforded the robust legal protection they deserve.
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