SPAIN: Activists call for protection of the Madrid sierra from intensive cattle farming
Spain's largest environmental organisation has issued a report on the impact of intensive cattle raising on the sierra surrounding Madrid.
Cattle raising in Guadarrama calls for “some form of integrated protection that recognise the existence of this agri-forest area and its environmental value”. The Madrid branch of Ecologists in Action, a national network of environmental groups, has published the report.
The authors emphasise that the Guadarrama eco-system has not yet been carefully studied and they warn that continued, unregulated cattle raising of an increasingly intensive nature will add to the environmental damage already incurred from the depopulation of the region. Increasing urbanisation in Spain has led to depopulation of Guadarrama and expansion of large-scale cattle raising.