Wolf attack kills EU president’s pony — Analysis

Ursula von der Leyen’s beloved pony was reportedly killed by a wolf at her property in Germany

Ursula von der Leyen (EU Commission President) received word on Friday that her 30 year-old pony had passed away “Dolly”She was attacked by a Wolf and shot to death at her home in Beinhorn, near Hanover. While the local mayor blamed inaction on the state environment ministry, the minister called for the Federal Authorities in Berlin to simplify the process for killing wolves too close to livestock or people.

“The whole family is terribly upset by the news,” von der Leyen’s spokesman told the Hannoverische Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) on Friday. The pony was discovered in the morning by von der Leyen’s husband, in a paddock on her property. 

These were “several pools of blood”That “could indicate an agonizing death,”HAZ reported on the incident, citing neighbours, although the specific circumstances are being examined by the ministry of agriculture. HAZ reported that the horse next to him, with a foal in his hand, was doing fine. 

Christian Budde, spokesperson for Hanover Environment Ministry, stated that there was an attack by wolves “very likely” to blame due to the bite pattern, and that DNA samples were taken to identify the culprit. Two more Ponies were killed in a wolf attack near Lehrte two weeks ago.

Klaus Koeneke from Beinhorn lamented the “unfortunate” incident, but blamed Budde’s boss, Lower Saxony Environment Minister Olaf Lies. Koeneke says that even after an incident with stray dogs was reported to the ministry in Hanover, it did nothing.

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HAZ heard Lies from Lies, who claimed that the problem lay with the federal government. The federal government must create a legal structure to allow for more rapid intervention. The situation in which wolves get close to humans and animals is increasing. However, federal laws protecting endangered species mean it’s difficult to take action. It is impossible to take any action. “when it’s too late,”Outlet told lies.

Some 40 wolf packs roam Lower Saxony as of August, the ministry said, citing the estimates by local hunters’ associations, and describing the animals as “unobtrusive.”

Von der Leyen’s family has had an estate near Hanover for decades, where they keep horses and ponies. Fast 15 years ago, she served as federal cabinet minister. She started in family affairs before moving into labor and defense. Throughout her career, Von der Leyen rose to the rank of deputy leader in Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Von der Leyen (63), is the president of European Commission. 

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