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Suffered damage caused by badgers? Don't expect state compensation!
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Suffered damage caused by badgers? Don't expect state compensation!

06.10.2013 From our online archive
If you've had property damaged or destroyed by badgers in Luxembourg, don’t expect state compensation, or at least not rapidly as the law is rather murky on the subject due to “lack of clear legal basis”.

(ADW) If you've had property damaged or destroyed by badgers in Luxembourg, don’t expect state compensation, or at least not rapidly as the law is rather murky on the subject due to “lack of clear legal basis”.

There are currently 51 applications pending. 51 cases in which Luxembourg residents demand compensation for damage caused by badgers or other wild animals.

 In a reply to a parliamentary question by Fernand Etgen (DP), the Delegate for Sustainable Development  Marco Schank, stated that the situation was unclear and added that a "lack of sufficient budgetary resources meant that only a dozen applications have been processed to date. The remaining requests will be processed on completion of budgetary procedures”.

However, the Minister did make it clear that animals living in the wild are “not the property of the state” and therefore the government has no legal obligation to bear the cost of damage.

But Schank did go on to explan that in order to protect badgers and other similar wild animals, the state does consider it appropriate to carry the costs of property damage.

But should we as residents be even “badgering” the state at all in such cases? Shouldn't private insurance cover this? What do you think?