Especially in France where they have been found guilty of not protecting the Great Hamster.
The Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the European Unionâ€™s highest court, ruled Thursday that France had failed to protect the Great Hamster of Alsace, sometimes known as the European hamster, the last wild hamster species in Western Europe. If France does not adjust its agricultural and urbanization policies sufficiently to protect it, the court said, the government will be subject to fines of as much as $24.6 million.
It was a tough loss to swallow for French politicians.
The chief of staff for Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Franceâ€™s minister of ecology, sustainable development, transport and housing, said Thursday evening that Ms. Kosciusko-Morizet would make no comment on the ruling.
The editorial staff of jordoncooper.com was pretty choked up about it as well.