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Romanian shepherds protest law on number of sheepdogs

Romanian shepherds break into Parliament grounds to protest law that limits sheepdogs

Romanian shepherds protest law on number of sheepdogs

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- More than 1,000 shepherds have broken through police lines into the grounds of Romania's Parliament to protest a law that regulates the number of sheepdogs they can use.

Riot police fired tear gas at the angry shepherds, some of whom were dressed in floor-length sheepskins and blowing horns, to keep them from charging at the Parliament building.

Some 4,000 shepherds traveled from rural parts of Romania Tuesday for the protest.

They are angry about a recent law that will limit the number of dogs that can guard their sheep and also a ban on grazing from December to April.

The law is supposed to protect hunters and the environment.

There are 10 million sheep and 1.5 million goats in Romania.

Updated : 2021-09-28 15:43 GMT+08:00