“There are 4 or 5 goats and at least 1 male that managed to avoid the slaughter,” said Bartomeu Marí Rota, one of the owners of the islet of Es Vedra, known as the ‘Vedraners’. Marí also said that since the Government ordered the slaughter they have not taken any more goats to the island. “We will go and see them and make sure they have water. This year it has rained a lot and they have enough food” says the veteran vedraner who hopes the government sponsored ‘gunmen’ don’t reappear.
Marí said he had seen “up to 7 or 8 goats including 2 males fighting, but now maybe some have died because the last time we only saw 4”.
On 4 February 2016 two government technicians were sent to shoot the 50 goats inhabiting Es Vedra on the direct orders of the Ministry of the Environment to safeguard the endemic flora of the island, threatened by the presence of mammals. They also decided to leave the carcasses where they fell as this was the ‘safest option’.
The decision to cull the goats was greeted with much anger from island residents and animal lovers the world over resulting in 400 people marching through the streets of Ibiza town calling for the resignation of Mallorca based Caterina Amengual the director general of natural spaces and biodiversity and also the Balearic Minister of the Environment Miquel Vericad.
Coincidentally Sra Amengual was sacked from her position at the end of September blaming political infighting.
Goats 1 – 0 Armengual
Source: Periodico de Ibiza