Yamal government decided on decreasing the number of reindeer

October 12, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlog
ITAR-TASS 74: KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA. NOVEMBER 27. Reindeer heads with the velvet covering ripped off the antlers, Esso Village, Kamchatka, Russia. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Igor Buimistrov) 74. Россия. Камчатка. 27 ноября. Заготовка оленьего мяса в селе Эссо. Фото ИТАР-ТАСС/ Игорь Буймистров

(Photo ITAR-TASS / Igor Buimistrov)

Yamal government has decided to reduce the number of reindeer and decrease the reindeer livestock by approximately 100,000. Reindeer herders and owners of the reindeer were not asked the permission to slaughter their reindeer, and now herers themselves think that the government is in sympathy with  gas-producing companies. 

With the petition on the website Change.org, addressed to the president of Russia, Yamal reindeer herders protest against the mass slaughter of reindeer on the recent decision of the authorities: “We believe that this step is caused by the interests of the gas industry – reindeer and herders are getting in the way of the gas workers. We want to preserve our culture and our traditional way of life. If you force us to reduce the number of animals, it will dramatically and irrevocably worsen the socio-economic situation in the region. Actually authorities understand that, they are now deciding on what to do with those of us who will be left without work and without reindeer. “

The petition gathered more than 750 signatures, which by local standards a lot. There are more than 13 thousand people who lead traditional way of live in Yamal.

The regional government in the person of the governor of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district Dmitry Kobylkin decided to reduce the number of reindeer: that there are too many of them, and they herd in the places where they are should not be herded, and it caused of the largest epidemic of anthrax in the last ten years.

At present the number of reindeer in Yamal is about 700 thousand animals. Experts, which referred Kobylkin, estimated that the district can not feed more than 400,000 deer – and it turns out you need to destroy not less than 250 thousand.

Reindeer herders believe that the cause of anthrax’s spread is not the increased number of reindeer, but because in 2007 the vaccination against the disease was abolished.  The same opinion was expressed by the deputy head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Nikolai Vlasov.

Source: Открытая Россия