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Nah. Brussels didn't do it.

The red squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) is a protected species because the grey squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) drives it out and destroys it in entire regions. The grey squirrel is not protected.

The EU (or EEC) did not decree this protection, it was the Council of Europe's Berne Convention in 1979 (Annex III).

Having seen as a kid the red squirrel wiped out and replaced by the grey in the English countryside, I don't see anything silly about it.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:58:19 AM EST
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