Norway orders reindeer cull days before Christmas

Sami herder will appeal over slaughter order


Norway orders reindeer cull days before Christmas

A small reindeer herder from the indigenous Sami community in the Norwegian Arctic has lost an appeal with Norway's top court over a ruling that he must cull his 200-strong herd to get 75.

Jovsset Ante Sara, 25, has been successful in two previous challenges to reduce the size of his herd, suggesting he cannot make a living with such a large cull.

He says he will now take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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The government wants Mr Sara to reduce the herd to help prevent overgrazing on the tundra.

Norway's Supreme Court said the cull order did not violate Sara's human rights.

According to the Guardian, defence lawyer Trond Pedersen Biti said the ruling "doesn't take into account the rights of the Sami people" , adding they would appeal to the European court of human rights, the UN body in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Telegraph reports that earlier this month, Mr Sara's sister, Maret Anne Sara, drew attention to the case by hanging up a curtain made of 400 bullet-ridden reindeer skulls outside Norway's parliament.

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