Apparently in part due to rules by EU bureaucrats, Griffon vultures have reshaped their behavior from typical vulture scavenging mode to outright predators. Evidently, there's not a lot of wildlife over there in France and Spain, and EU rules have required farmers to dispose of animal carcasses via fire. You'd think that with of their concern over "man-made" global warming, the bureaucrats would seek a "greener" method of disposal - such as continuing to allow the vultures to take care of things, but alas! Bureaucrats must justify their existence, even if it unfortunately means injecting more of the dreaded carbon and particulate matter into the atmosphere.
A 2011 report published in the science journal Nature revealed that the griffon vulture had turned from scavenger to predator in regions of southern France and Spain.
The EU bureaucrats must consider farmers to be especially easy targets, as they're in the process of establishing new rules requiring all plants and seeds to be registered with the government. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.
A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to "grow, reproduce or trade" any vegetable seeds that have not been "tested, approved and accepted" by a new EU bureaucracy named the "EU Plant Variety Agency."
Gardeners, along with farmers, will get to pay an annual fee to the EUPVA for the privilege of growing food or other plants.