Anthrax in Reindeer on Yamal Seminar Held, Salekhard

November 12, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Anthrax seminar The ICR and WRH team have been in Salekhard, the capital of the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug for the whole week and yesterday, attended an international seminar on the outbreak of anthrax on the Yamal Peninsula this summer. The anthrax outbreak was an event that captured global headlines and aroused significant concern amongst herders and their advocates, as significant reindeer culls have been suggested, and a desire to reduce the number of active herders has also touted. Considerable unease and uncertainty within the livelihood has arisen as a result.

The seminar was a two day event and was opened by the Yamal Governor Dmitry Kobylkin and included presentations by multiple presenters from Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany, Canada and the US on various topics including anthrax outbreaks, pastures, reindeer health, education,

From the ICR/WRH team, presentations were made by Svein Mathiesen (“Social- ecological resilience of reindeer husbandry in times of Arctic change”), Johan Mathis Turi (“The role of traditional knowledge and management in the future”) and ICR board member Roza Laptander from the Arctic Centre, Finland, (“Turbulent periods in the history of Yamal reindeer husbandry in stories of tundra dwellers”)

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Yamal government decided on decreasing the number of reindeer

October 12, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova
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, 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. ”

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