If the French Government is found guilty then they may be fined as much as €17,000,000 (which is about €68,000 for each hamster).
The Commission had warned the French on a number of occasions that they were not taking sufficient steps to protect the hamsters’ natural environment. Now under the directives for the preservation of wildlife they’re pulling the French Government into Court.
Previously the French had attempted to protect the hamster by encouraging farmers to grow wheat or lucerne for the hamsters habitat. Efforts to protect the hamsters failed and the population dropped from 500 to 250 in just a matter of years.
In Pure Spirit
Are you a fan of actions like this or should the European Commission not be involved in attempting to fine entire countries?